In an interview, this morning on CBS, 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones said she will decline an offer of a tenured distinguished professorship in journalism at the University of North Carolina.
In the face of widespread criticism and at the last minute, the UNC Board of Trustees last week approved tenure for Hannah-Jones, something they’d been unwilling to grant previously. Pressure from conservatives, notably Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman Jr., contributed to the original decision. The journalism offer came from a school named for Hussman in return for a $25 million gift pledge. Hussman took issue with Hannah-Jones’ work on the 1619 Project but insisted he merely intended to inform the J-school about his opinions, not create any pressure not to hire her. The dean of the school and faculty supported Hannah-Jones.
Hannah-Jones instead will take a position at Howard University.
From a CBS report:
“It’s pretty clear that my tenure was not taken up because of political opposition because of discriminatory views against my viewpoint and I believe my race and my gender,” Hannah-Jones said.
In a statement, Susan King, dean of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism & Media, said she is “disappointed that Nikole Hannah-Jones will not be joining the school this summer.”