, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and creator of the 1619 Project, said she was disinvited from speaking at a private boarding school in Massachusetts during Black History Month next February over concerns about how people outside the school might react. was disinvited from speaking at the Middlesex School in Massachusetts over worries about how people outside the school may respond.
Hannah-Jones tweeted Monday that the elite Middlesex School in Concord hadshe had been disinvited over concerns of “noise” associated with her being a speaker. “They were likely afraid that by having me — a [New York Times] journalist & there, they’d invite backlash & another of the ‘woke’ people are ruining America” stories,” Hannah-Jones tweeted. “I’m good. I’m done in. But the lack of courage in these times is so unfortunate.”
This is the reason. I don’t feel “canceled.” I still have a platform; I will continue producing work and speaking where I want. I shrugged. However, I’m confident that we will see many substack &mainstream media stories about this &at elite schools. pic.twitter.com/JYmoChjS0E — Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) October 18, 2021
Middlesex School representatives did not immediately respond to HuffPost’son Wednesday. Still, in a statement to the Boston Globe, the school’s head, David Beare, confirmed that . “While we are confident that our students would have valued her insights, we were concerned that individuals from outside our community might inadvertently distract from the insights and perspective that she intended to share,” Beare said, going on to apologize for not reaching out to Hannah-Jones “in a more formal way” about her revoked invitation.
Hannah-Jones told HuffPost on Wednesday that Beare had still not contacted her directly about the decision. Ironically, just days earlier, Beare and Middlesex School’s board of trustees sent a “letter to the community” expressing a commitment toward diversifying the school’s student body and faculty and supporting debate and disagreement. Even when “that discourse may become uncomfortable.” “As an educational institution, we believe an open exchange of viewpoints is vital to student development and intellectual excellence. We believe that respectful debate and disagreement are not only healthy, but the very ground upon which a learning thrives,” the letter read.
Middlesexvoices. “Middlesex is a place with much milquetoast racism,” said 2019 graduate Alexandra Jones. “They often censor these kinds of conversations.” Hannah-Jones has over The 1619 Project, which examines the ongoing legacy of slavery in the U.S. Conservatives accuse the long-form journalism project, first published in The New Magazine before expanding to include a podcast, live events, and school curriculum, of promoting racial divisiveness.
Hannah-Jones’ alma mater, the University of, initially refused to grant her tenure as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism earlier this year, reportedly due to political objections to her work presented to the school’s board trustees. After widespread protests, the school reversed its decision, but Hannah-Jones ultimately rejected UNC’s offer and accepted a Black school Howard University.