Author of the 1619 Project charged public library $40k for a speech, causing it to go over-budget
- October 30, 2022
Staff, Just the News
Nikole Hannah-Jones, a former New York Times journalist, was paid $40,000 for a 45-minute speech at a high school in Arlington, Va., which is just a few miles from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she is a tenured professor.
Her speech was part of a three-hour program held by the Arlington Public Library, and it provided her an opportunity to promote her new book, “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story,” according to The Daily Wire.
The fee paid to Hannah-Jones created some tension between the Friends of the Library, which raises money to fund events such as this, and the library itself. It caused the library to exceed its budget by $7,500. She also added a clause to the agreement that there would be no recording of her speech, with a $100,000 penalty if that were to be violated.
Michael Chamberlain,of the government watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust, told The Daily Wire that Hannah-Jones fee was a very high for a local library.
“The $40,000 they paid to one particular speaker, which put the program over budget, is an eye-popping amount for a local library to spend on such a controversial figure,” Chamberlain told the Daily Wire.