1619 Project Creator Raked In $1M+ Last Year For College Speeches On Inequality

March 15, 2022; Nickole Hannah-Jones talks with Mark Sanders during the Red Smith Lecture at the Leighton Concert Hall in the Debartolo Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Peter Ringenberg/University of Notre Dame)

At a glance

  • The $1.2 million figure likely significantly understates the total since the list of speeches is incomplete and private institutions may have paid Hanah-Jones even more than the typical $40,000 fee forked over by public schools.
  • For some, she collected tens of thousands of dollars without having to leave the house.
  • For example, the Cleveland Public Library paid her $20,000 for a Zoom lecture on November 19.
  • Others included perks like first-class airfare.

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