KALAMAZOO -- Nikole Hannah-Jones, staff writer for The New York Times, will speak at this year’s Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) Community Meeting at Miller Auditorium on October 30.
Her talk on “Race and Education in America” – sponsored by PNC Bank – will also be a part of the University Center for the Humanities 2018-2019 speaker series at Western Michigan University. The event is free and open to the public; registration information will be announced at a future date.
“Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential and we work with a variety of nonprofits to expand access, affordability, and quality of early care and education," says KZCF President/CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway. "Nikole Hannah-Jones' work in illustrating the systemic barriers that prevent children of color from accessing high-quality education in a segregated city is an important message in reshaping the conversations our community has around education reform."
Hannah-Jones specializes in racial injustice reporting, including civil rights, fair housing, school segregation and discrimination. According to Hannah-Jones, “There isn’t a beat you can cover in America where race is not a factor. Education and housing are the two most intimate areas of American life, and they’re the areas where we’ve made the least progress.”
She is writing a book on school segregation, “The Problem We All Live With,”scheduled for release in 2019. She is also the author of two e-books, “Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Case” (2013) and “Ghost of Greenwood: Dispatches from Freedom Summer” (2014).
Hannah-Jones is a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient for reshaping the national conversation around education reform and for reporting on racial re-segregation in schools. She was the recipient of three other national awards in 2017, including the National Magazine Award, for her story on choosing a school for her daughter in a segregated city. She is also a 2017 New America Emerson Fellow and a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Journalist. In 2016, she helped found the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization working to increase the number of investigative reporters of color.
KZCF, established in 1925, envisions a community where every person can reach full potential, with the mission to make life better for all through leadership and stewardship of resources that last forever. To learn more visit kalfound.org.