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Nikole Hannah-Jones to speak at St. Petersburg gala hosted by The Woodson

In March, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who created “The 1619 Project” will speak at the Coliseum during the Woodson Warriors Scholarships event.
Nikole Hannah-Jones will speak at a St. Petersburg event on March 27.
Nikole Hannah-Jones will speak at a St. Petersburg event on March 27. [ ARTURO HOLMES | TNS ]
Published Feb. 17|Updated Feb. 18

Nikole Hannah-Jones, who won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for creating The New York Times’ The 1619 Project, is coming to St. Petersburg.

The journalist will be speaking at the Coliseum on March 27 at a gala fundraiser hosted by the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum of Florida.

According to a release from the museum, the gala benefits the Woodson Warriors Scholarship Fund, which is now in its fourth year and currently supports 30 African American undergraduate college students from St. Petersburg. Ten more scholars will be added this spring. Several scholars will speak at the gala.

“The Woodson Warriors Scholarship program is a valuable tool for local African American students to access needed college funds,” St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch said in the release. “I’d like to thank the Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum for its leadership on this important cause, as well as Nikole Hannah-Jones for lending her time to support the mission.”

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Hannah-Jones is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, and created The 1619 Project to “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States’ national narrative.”

Hannah-Jones is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, two George Polk Awards, a Peabody Award and the National Magazine Award. She is also the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she is currently founding the Center for Journalism and Democracy. She was named a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2021.

Individual tickets to the gala cost $100, and sponsorships are available. Visit woodsonscholarships.com to purchase a ticket or learn more.

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