On Thursday, January 13, at 7 p.m., Montclair Public Library presents a conversation with two major contributors to “The 1619 Project,” the bestselling landmark reframing of American history with slavery and race at its center. Harvard professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Jake Silverstein, editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine, will be in conversation with David Troutt of Rutgers law school, about the book. The program is part of Open Book / Open Mind Online, the live webcast version of our popular, long-running literary conversation series. After the discussion, audience members will participate in a virtual Q&A session with the author.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, who contributed the essay “Sugar” to “The 1619 Project,” is the Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Muhammad directs the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library. Muhammad is also the author of “The Condemnation of Blackness,” which he discussed on Open Book / Open Mind in 2016. He co-hosts the popular podcast, “Some of My Best Friends Are…” with journalist Ben Austen. Muhammad lives in New Jersey.
A co-editor of “The 1619 Project,” Jake Silverstein is the editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine. He commissioned the original New York Times Magazine special issue of “The 1619 Project,” which won a Pulitzer Prize for the opening essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones. He is a resident of Montclair.
“The 1619 Project” was published by One World/Penguin Random House on November 16, 2021, and quickly rose to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. The Washington Post called it “a powerful and memorable work, one that launched a seismic national debate over the legacy of slavery and enduring racial injustice in American life.”
Registration: Open now
Platform: Zoom Webinar