Students in American schools are more separated by race than any time since the early 1980s. In recent years, federal, state and local policy makers have pushed forward few remedies, and court rulings have suggested that government should not intervene in what are largely personal housing and schooling decisions. Nikole Hannah-Jones’ reporting and book-in-progress on families in New York, Alabama and Missouri peels back the layers of these individual actions to show how parents’ ostensibly colorblind decisions on behalf of their own children harm the broader education of the community, and particularly the education of students of color.
Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. Her reporting has widely been credited for reigniting the national conversation around school segregation.
Prior to joining The New York Times, Hannah-Jones worked as an investigative reporter at ProPublica in New York City, where she spent three years chronicling the way official policy created and maintains segregation in housing and schools. In 2016, she helped found the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a news trade organization dedicated to increasing the ranks of investigative reporters of color.
Hannah-Jones’ reporting, featured in the New York Times and This American Life, has won several national awards, including the Peabody Award, George Polk Award, the National Magazine Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, and the Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. In 2017, Hannah-Jones was named a MacArthur “genius” fellow.
This event is sponsored by Yale Education Studies, the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, The Political Science Department, The Poynter Center for Journalism, Timothy Dwight College, The Ludwig Center for Community and Economic Development at Yale Law School, and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale.