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Faculty Protest After University of North Carolina Denies Tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones

HeadlineMay 21, 2021

Backlash is growing after the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill denied tenure to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones. Hannah-Jones is best known for producing The 1619 Project with The New York Times, an interactive project which reexamines the legacy of slavery. Last year, the Trump administration threatened to pull federal funding from schools that use The 1619 Project in their curriculum. On Thursday, faculty members and others attended a board of trustees meeting at UNC, protesting the decision to deny Hannah-Jones tenure. They held signs reading, among other things, “Black Professors Matter,” as some sang “We Shall Overcome.”

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