Oprah Winfrey Will Help Bring NYTโ€™s Astonishing 1619 Project To Life

TODAY โ€” Pictured: Oprah Winfrey on Friday, February 7, 2020 โ€” (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

If you missed The New York Timesโ€™ strikingย 1619 Project, which examines the legacy and impact of slavery in America, youโ€™re in luck: the magazine issue is being adapted into a TV series, multiple feature and documentary films, and more.

2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Timesย staff writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, who created 1619, has teamed up with Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate to developย the work as well as its companion 1619 podcast in different formats โ€” from books to documentaries โ€” in order to be shared with a wider audience.

โ€œFrom the first moment I readย The 1619 Projectย and immersed myself in Nikole Hannah-Jonesโ€™s transformative work, I was moved, deepened and strengthened by her empowering historical analysis. I am honored to be a part of Nikoleโ€™s vision to bring this project to a global audience,โ€ Winfrey said in a statement.

The 1619 Project was published in August 2019, 400 years after Africans were first brought to Virginia in order to be sold as slaves. Black scholars, essayists, poets, playwrights, and more contributed to the work, as it chronicles the way slavery over time has helped create the foundations of systemic racism that still endures in every corner of American life today. The issue, which had its own section in the print edition of the New Yorkย Timesย and was produced in collaboration with the Smithsonianโ€™s National Museum of African-American History & Culture, also makes the case to have slavery, its consequences, and the contributions of Black Americans over time be at the forefront in our discussions about American history as a whole.

โ€œThe truths [Hannah-Jones] uncovers are painful and disturbing, but we are better for it because her crowning accomplishment in shining a spotlight on the previously untold contributions of Black Americans delivers a powerful message of empowerment and inclusion.โ€ Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake and Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs said in a joint statement.

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