Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ida B. Wells awarded 2020 Pulitzer Prizes

Ida B. Wells Society cofounder Nikole Hannah-Jones – a 2003 (M.A.) graduate and Park Fellow of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media – was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary for the The New York Times Magazine’s ‘The 1619 Project.’

Credit: James Estrin/ The New York Times

Hannah-Jones was recognized “for a sweeping, deeply reported and personal essay for the ground-breaking 1619 Project, which seeks to place the enslavement of Africans at the center of America’s story, prompting public conversation about the nation’s founding and evolution.”

The Pulitzer Prize board posthumously awarded a Special Citation to Ida B. Wells “for her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching. The citation comes with a bequest by the Pulitzer Prize board of at least $50,000 in support of her mission. Recipients will be announced at a later date.”

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