Pulitzer Center Update January 10, 2024

The 1619 Project Docuseries Wins an Emmy

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This resource serves as a viewing guide for The 1619 Project docuseries. It includes time-stamped sections, guided questions, and a topic index for each episode.

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January 24, 2023
A special screening of the final episode from The 1619 Project docuseries was held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., on March 27, 2023. The screening was followed by a discussion with 1619 creator Nikole Hannah-Jones and actress Yara Shahidi, moderated by Donnalie Jamnah, a senior education program manager for the Pulitzer Center's Education team. Image by Daniel Vasta. United States.

The 1619 Project docuseries on Hulu took home an Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series at the 75th Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The Pulitzer Center is the education partner for The 1619 Project and produced a set of viewing guides for the docuseries.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the show’s host, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and creator of The 1619 Project, as well as executive producers Oprah Winfrey, Roger Ross Williams, Caitlin Roper, Kathleen Lingo, and Shoshana Guy, along with The New York Times’ film and television team, accepted the award.

“It was such an honor to take home the Emmy for The 1619 Project documentary series, which brought our journalism about slavery and its ongoing legacy to an even wider audience,” Hannah-Jones told The New York Times. “I’m grateful to work at an institution that supports this type of journalism, especially in these times of great racial polarization. Truth matters.”

The 1619 Project premiered on Hulu last year as a documentary series expanding on The 1619 Project initiative created by Hannah-Jones. The six-part series seeks to reframe U.S. history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of our national narrative. You can view the documentary series here.

“We do our work on behalf of the ancestors!” Hannah-Jones wrote on social media.

The Pulitzer Center’s viewing guides for the docuseries provide students studying The 1619 Project with critical concepts, summaries, supplemental readings, terms, and questions to consider. Educators across the country use the guides to help students process and discuss the difficult subjects addressed in the series.

The Pulitzer Center also supports education and outreach for The 1619 Project through The 1619 Project Education Network, partnerships with law schools, schools of education, and afterschool programs, and curricular resources. Learn more about The 1619 Project education resources here.