Award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones of '1619 Project' to speak in Flint

FLINT, Michigan — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will be the featured speaker for the Ballenger Eminent Persons Lecture Series of Mott Community College (MCC) on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Flint.

The event is co-sponsored by Mott Community College, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Flint & Genesee Group, Flint Institute of Music, Ruth Mott Foundation, and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Hannah-Jones is the creator of The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, a reexamining of the United States history of American slavery. Putting Black Americans at the center of the American narrative, the book retells the story of slavery’s consequences and the vast contributions Black Americans have made. In addition, 1619 brings it into the modern era, illustrating and explaining the pervasiveness of anti-Black racism and inequality and what it makes unique to American culture.

“It is exciting to be able to bring Ms. Hannah-Jones to Flint to discuss The 1619 Project,” said MCC President Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “The topic aligns well with the college’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, a core tenet of our strategic initiatives,” she added.

Ballenger Eminent Persons Lecture Series tickets are free and masks are required.

To pre-order tickets, visit: or call 810-237-7333.
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