Psaki Says Howard U ‘quite Lucky’ To Have 1619 Project Creator Nikole Hannah-Jones

Psaki Says Howard U ‘quite Lucky’ To Have 1619 Project Creator Nikole Hannah-Jones

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The White House weighed in on Tuesday about 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones’s decision to turn down a tenure offer at the University of North Carolina and instead head to Howard University after long-simmering drama over a lifetime faculty appointment.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki praised Hannah-Jones by saying the students at Washington D.C.’s Howard University are “quite lucky” to have the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist join the faculty.  Hannah-Jones announced her decision Tuesday to turn down a tenure offer in Chapel Hill following a controversial employment fight and called on the university to do better in its treatment of Black students and faculty. 

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“Students at Howard are quite lucky to have her as a professor in their family,” Psaki said Tuesday when asked by a reporter whether Hannah-Jones’ treatment at UNC was an example of “systemic racism.”

Psaki said she had not personally talked to President Biden about Hannah-Jones’ decision to head to Howard, a historically black college and university (HBCU), but said Biden is committed to tackling systemic racism. 

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