Emancipation Park Conservancy launches the inaugural Emancipation Conversations lecture series, establishing a forum for transformative conversations surrounding the Black Experience through interactive lectures. Our first lecture features Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning investigative reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and architect of The 1619 Project. The landmark project marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship carrying enslaved Africans to America.
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Co-Founder, Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting
Investigative Reporter, New York Times Magazine
Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark 1619 Project. In 2017, she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known as the Genius Grant, for her work on educational inequality. She has also won a Peabody Award, a Polk, National Magazine Award, and the 2018 John Chancellor distinguished journalism award from Columbia University. In 2016, Nikole co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization geared towards increasing the numbers of investigative reporters of color.
The New York Times' 1619 Project commemorates the 400th year of slavery in what would become the United States by examining slavery's modern legacy and re framing the way we understand this history and the contributions of black Americans to the nation.
Emmy Award-winning Journalist
ABC 13 Eyewitness News
Award-winning journalist Melanie Lawson is a proud Houstonian and a product of Houston schools. She started first as a full-time general assignments reporter at Channel 13, then went on to become the co-anchor of Live at 5 and Channel 13's midday show, Eyewitness News at 11am. Melanie also hosts a weekly Community Affairs program called "Crossroads", focusing on issues and events around our city. Melanie has had a varied and exhilarating stint at Channel 13. She has covered virtually every city, state and national election during her career. She's won numerous awards for her reporting, including an Emmy for her coverage of President Clinton's visit to South Africa, the only local reporter in the nation to make that trip.
She is on the board of numerous community organizations including the Houston Ballet, SHAPE Community Center, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Volunteer Houston, and the Houston Association of Black Journalists. She also belongs to the Houston Chapter of the Links, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and the American Leadership Forum. She received her undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University and a joint degree in Law and Journalism from Columbia University. Melanie worked at a Wall Street law firm for three years before returning to Houston. She is admitted to both the Texas and New York State Bars.
In preparation for your visit, consider arriving early to allow yourself ample time to park, enjoy the reception and select from our open seating. Parallel parking is available along Emancipation Avenue and Hutchins Street. Traditional spots can be found alongside Tuam Street, and an additional parking lot is also located on Tuam Street directly across from the baseball field.
The event will take place inside of the Emancipation Park Cultural Center.
Emancipation Park Conservancy (EPC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on the preservation and protection of the heritage, cultural and historical integrity of Emancipation Park through culturally competent programming and events. Nestled in the center of the Historic Third Ward community of Houston Texas, Emancipation Park was founded in 1872 by four former slaves. In an early act of cooperative economics among Blacks, the four men pooled $800 together with the help of various community members to purchase the ten acres of land the park still sits on
Through the Emancipation Conversations Lecture Series, EPC will establish a forum that fosters invigorating, inviting and transformative conversations through interactive lectures. The discussions will feature innovative an iconic community leaders, influencers and humanitarians across various disciplines including the arts, literature, business, science, philanthropy and politics.
For any questions pertaining to Emancipation Conversations, please contact Iman Garrett-Price directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832.883.5115.
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We look forward to having you join us at Emancipation Conversations, featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones. The event will take place inside of the Emancipation Park Cultural Center. Should you need to update your RSVP or have any questions, please contact Iman Garrett-Price directly at 832.883.5115 or email@example.com.