Pulitzer Prize-winning writer will speak at the Human Relations Commission Annual Dinner and Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards
The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission will hold its Annual Dinner and Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards on Friday, October 27, 2023 at 6:30 p.m., at the Old National Events Plaza. The keynote speaker will be Nikole Hannah-Jones. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will present the 2023 Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards. The Human Relations Commission also celebrates 75 years of serving the Evansville community.
Nikole Hannah-Jones is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staﬀ writer at The New York Times Magazine. The book version of The 1619 Project as well as the 1619 Project children’s book, Born on the Water, were instant #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her 1619 Project is now a six-part docuseries on Hulu. Hannah-Jones has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards, and the National Magazine Award three times. She also serves as the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she founded the Center for Journalism & Democracy. Hannah-Jones is also the co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which seeks to increase the number of investigative reporters and editors of color. In 2022 she opened the 1619 Freedom School, a free, afterschool literacy program in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. Hannah-Jones holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame.
The 2023 Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards recognizes businesses, organizations and individuals that embrace and celebrate diversity. Please visit www.evansville.in.gov/diversityawards to submit a nomination for the Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards. The deadline to nominate is Monday, September 25, 2023. Corporate sponsorships are also available. For additional information, please contact the Human Relations Commission at (812) 436-4927, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit 2023 Human Relations Commission Annual Dinner.