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WCDP Book Club “Refreshing Democracy”

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1619 project logo

The book club is currently reading for September:
The 1619 Project

From Wikipedia:

“The 1619 Project is a program organized by The New York Times with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival in America of the first enslaved people from West Africa. It is an interactive project by Nikole Hannah-Jones, a reporter for the New York Times, with contributions by the paper’s writers, including essays, poems, short fiction, and a photo essay. Originally conceived of as a special issue for August 20, it was soon turned into a full-fledged project, including coverage in the paper and on the website.

The New York Times describes the project as a “major initiative (…) observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery”.The project was almost exclusively contributed to by Black academics, journalists and writers. According to Hannah-Jones, all the contributions were deeply researched, and arguments verified by a team of fact-checkers in consultation with a panel of historians ”

Link to the New York Times 1619 Project

How was it received?  This alone might grab your interest:

“The project received harsh criticism from some conservatives.  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticised the project as “brainwashing” “propaganda”, in a tweet, and called it “a lie” in a subsequent media appearance. Senator Ted Cruz has also equated it with propaganda….

In response to criticisms, Hannah-Jones has said that every part was deeply researched and fact-checked by fact-checkers in consultation with a panel of historians, verifying every argument. Nancy LeTourneau, writing in the Washington Monthly, argues that the conservatives feel threatened by the project because “it challenges the totalism on which their entire world view has been constructed. It is their mindset, which monopolizes imagination and stifles alternatives, that lays the groundwork for authoritarianism”.


WCDP Book Club meets: Wed, Sept. 25, 2019,  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Join us for:   Decaf coffee, tea & chocolate cake…and discussion

Where:  WCDP HQ,  418 W. Michigan Ave,  Ypsilanti, MI 48198


The New York Times Conferences

Streamed live on Aug 13, 2019

Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. Tonight, we remember this anniversary with an evening of conversation and performance featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, Wesley Morris, Jamelle Bouie, Tyehimba Jess and more.

The New York Times Presents The #1619 Project

Link to the Online Reading Guide by the Pulitzer Center


1) Online access to the “1619 Project”:

(A)The 1619 Project       https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html?searchResultPosition=1


(B) https://pulitzercenter.org/sites/default/files/full_issue_of_the_1619_project.pdf

Also check the Pulitzer Center for study guides on The 1619 Project.

(2)   Print copies are available from the NYT as “back copies” of the August 18, 2019 issue of the New York Times Magazine.   You should order from:  Back Copy Dept., New York Times,  PO Box 8042,  Davenport, IA,   52808-8042

Copies are $10.25 each and will be shipped second class mail. Enclose a check for payment If you are a NYT subscriber, call 800-543-5380 and inquire about ordering through your account. The price may be a bit more.

(3)  Stuart Dowty has ordered 10 copies of the magazine and will make them available at cost when they arrive. Estimate is about 10-12 days.


September 25
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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