New York Times Reporter Visits Reynolds High
By Pamela Henderson-Kirkland
Arts Magnet Director
Reynolds High School
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
OCTOBER 17, 2019 – R.J. Reynolds Arts Magnet High School recently welcomed award-winning investigative reporter, Nikole Hannah-Jones, to the Reynolds Auditorium for a discussion centered around her work with The New York Times 1619 Project.
This ground-breaking project explores the lasting effects of slavery, including those that still affect the educational opportunities and experiences of today’s youth. The RJR family was also joined by faculty, students, and staff from area schools and universities, such as University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Wake Forest University, as well as local community members.
Through a partnership with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Reynolds was able to offer every student and staff member a copy of the project, as well as access to lesson plans, activities, and arts integration opportunities. RJR Arts Magnet Director, Pamela Henderson-Kirkland, had the following to say about the value of the partnership:
“Our relationship with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting is not just a valuable one. It is a priceless one. The opportunities and lessons offered to our student body through this partnership over the last four years have extended far beyond the four walls of the classroom.”
“They’ve changed, and continue to change, the way our students view their world, their place in it, as well as their responsibility to their fellow human beings. Through their work with the Pulitzer Center, students are encouraged to make local connections to global issues and critically analyze underreported news stories, some of which hit painfully close to home and have echoed through the ages of our country’s history.”
“Nikole Hannah-Jones’ work is a perfect example of the groundbreaking content that is made available to students, prompting opportunities for reflection, growth, and awareness. Teachers and students at Reynolds have begun to delve into the many layers of The 1619 Project, and were thrilled to welcome Nikole to campus. They will continue to explore the project, and are looking forward to continued work with Ms. Hannah-Jones and the Pulitzer Center.”
Reynolds will continue working closely with both educational partners on plans for an art exhibit in the spring, showcasing student work that was inspired by this experience.
For more information regarding materials or work on The 1619 Project, feel free to email Pamela Henderson-Kirkland