Oregon Yanks Money From Struggling Students Program To Pay Nikole Hannah-Jones For Lectures On Race

Oregon Yanks Money From Struggling Students Program To Pay Nikole Hannah-Jones For Lectures On Race


The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) reallocated money from a fund to encourage school attendance to pay New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, who created the ahistorical “1619 Project,” $50,000 for two lectures.

Through a public records request, Oregonians for Liberty in Education, a school advocacy group, learned that the state sent Jones “a total of $50,000 … using resources from Every Day Matters,” which is a program for students struggling with attendance. The records showed the education department was planning the two separate speeches by Hannah-Jones for seven months.

The taxpayer-funded events took place in May. Hannah-Jones discussed “reframing the black experience in America’s history” and systemic racism. Just a few months prior, the University of Oregon fleshed out $25,000 of taxpayer funding as well to host the writer.

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Hannah-Jones’s first speech was on “1619: Centering Black History and Black Futures in Oregon” and it was for a total of one hour and thirty minutes. Her second speech

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