By Dana Sanchez
The New York Times Magazine launched the 1619 Project last weekend, and on Friday, Aug. 21, it will be available as a podcast.
The project marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves on a Portuguese slave ship at Port Comfort, in the British colony of Virginia. It is a historic moment that typically passes without acknowledgment from news outlets or the general public, Columbia Journalism Review reported.
The scope of the 1619 Project is huge and will be ongoing for years. In addition to the magazine, a special section of the Sunday newspaper examined the genesis of what became the transatlantic slave trade. The Sunday sports section featured a story exploring the impact of slavery on professional sports.
The 1619 Project has drawn widespread praise and the inevitable firestorm as it seeks to reframe the story we’ve been sold about slavery in the U.S.
“I’m all in.., You should consider a hard bound coffee table version.., thank you for the audio component,” @Cockspur_coxman tweeted.