The 1619 Project that was brought to us by NY Times Magazine in 2019 is being brought to us all once again in a 400 page, hardcover, digital and audio book form titled The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. Not only will that particular book be released, but a children’s book in the same vein will be published titled The 1619 Project: Born on the Water.
Both books are edited by written by journalist and author Nikole Hannah-Jones. The New York Times Company is editor of the A New Origin Story version while the children’s book Born on the Water is co-authored by Renee Watson and illustrated by Nikkolas Smith.
So what on earth is The 1619 Project about? For those who may not have heard about it yet, it is the origin story of America from the very beginning, and the books will speak through essays and poetry, revealing the truth of the founding of the United States of America which started with chattel slavery of African people, anti-Blackness while including the fact that through all of this, Black people pushed true democracy through when and where there was none.
The children’s book will combine lyrics of poetry and illustration from the past to the present, and “how the people said to be born on the water” survived. Both books will be released on November 16, 2021.