Nikole Hannah-Jones Understood the Assignment

Self-worth is the category, y’all and Nikole Hannah-Jones sure as hell preserved hers.

As if there was any doubt, our generation’s Ida B. Wells would have to beg or plead any college, university, trade school, hell any institution on the face of this Earth for a tenured position.

Not with Nikole Hannah-Jones’ CV reading investigative journalist at The New York Times. Pultizer-Prize winner for 1619 Project she wrote for The New York Times Magazine.

Yeah, not done. She also took home a Peabody award in 2015 for covering school desegregation.

I could go on, but why would I? It’s obvious Nikole Hannah-Jones is THAT girl of journalism world.

A crusader for civil rights and racial equity through prolific storytelling is the essence of her magic.

UNC-Chapel Hill chose to hinder it by delaying the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism position for three months.

“This was a position that since the 1980’s came with tenure. The Knight Chairs are designed for professional journalists, who when working in the field, to come into academia. And every other chair before me who also happened to be White received that position with tenure…” Nikole Hannah Jones told Gayle King at CBS on Tuesday.

“I went through the tenure process and I received the unanimous approval of the faculty to be granted tenure,” Hannah-Jones said. “To be denied it and to only have that vote occur on the last possible day, at the last possible moment, after threat of legal action, after weeks of protest, after it became a national scandal, it’s just not something that I want anymore.”

Yeeesss queen. Nikole Hannah-Jones did the Michelle Obama strut over to the Mecca: Howard University as a fully tenured professor.

BTW, this boss bish is bringing $15 milly to fund the investigative journalism program and has friend/ally Ta-Nehisi Coates to bounce ideas off of.

Moral of the story: When people, places and any space tries to dim your light, protect that illumination and let it guide you away.

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