Nikole Hannah-Jones rejects job at UNC Chapel Hill

FILE - In this May 21, 2016, file photo, Nikole Hannah-Jones attends the 75th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Faculty members of a North Carolina university want an explanation for the school's reported decision to back away from offering a tenured teaching position to Nikole Hannah-Jones. Hannah-Jones' work on the country’s history of slavery has drawn the ire of conservatives. A report in NC Policy Watch on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 said Hannah-Jones was to be offered a tenured professorship as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

RALEIGH — Nikole Hannah-Jones, the writer of the controversial “1619 Project,” turned down a job at UNC Chapel Hill and will instead take a position at Howard University, news outlets reported Tuesday.

According to The Associated Press, Hannah-Jones told CBS This Morning she would instead join the faculty at Howard University, an HBCU located in Washington, D.C.

One week ago, trustees at UNC Chapel Hill approved tenure for Hannah-Jones on the last day of the previous iteration of the trustee board, which voted 9-4 to award tenure.

The university had previously announced in April that she would join the journalism school despite the factual inaccuracies of the “1619 Project” and concerns from Walter Hussman Jr., who raised concerns about her work.

Later, attorneys retained by Hannah-Jones’ said she would not accept the job without tenure, and even cited concerns about the role of Republican members of the General Assembly.

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