The New York Times started The 1619 Project to mark the arrival Aug. 20, 1619, of a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans in Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia, representing the beginning of the system of slavery in what would eventually become the U.S.
The Pulitzer Center became an education partner in The 1619 Project in August 2019.
The primary theme of the Lift Black Voices takeover is “Centering the Stories of Black Americans,” and content will focus on culture and music, as well as investigating systems of injustice and stories of action and resilience.
Award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The 1619 Project, wrote the introduction to the takeover.
The Pulitzer Center is a longtime partner of the Facebook Journalism Project, with Facebook donating $5 million to the organization in January 2019 to go toward grants to newsrooms for local reporting, followed by a $2 million investment last December to support its educational outreach initiative on racial justice issues.