What is The 1619 Project About?
The 1619 Project
The 1619 Project is a groundbreaking multimedia initiative that aims to reframe the narrative of American history by centering the legacy and impact of slavery. Launched in 2019 by The New York Times Magazine, the project coincided with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in colonial Virginia. Its comprehensive exploration of slavery's deep-rooted influence on the United States spans across various mediums, including articles, essays, audio recordings, and visual artwork. The contributions from a diverse group of writers, historians, and artists provide a nuanced examination of the ongoing repercussions of slavery on American society, culture, and politics. The 1619 Project challenges traditional historical narratives and invites readers and viewers to critically engage with the complexities of America's past. By illuminating the profound impact of slavery and expanding our understanding of its continuing consequences, the project seeks to foster a more informed and inclusive national dialogue.
The first episode of The 1619 Project aired on January 26, 2023 and the most recent episode to air was on February 09, 2023.