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Penn Valley Common Read- The 1619 Project

A guide to resources on the topics in The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story

The 1619 Project: Events

Fall 2022 Common Read Events


Thu Sep 15 11-12:15

Racism in Kansas City: A Brief History

Garrett Griffin is a Kansas City-native and author of the authoritative Racism in Kansas City: A Brief History.  Mr. Griffin will take students on a journey through local history, viewed from a similar lens to the one in which The 1619 Project views American history as a whole.

Thu Sep 15 12:30-1:45

Racism in Kansas City: A Brief History

Mr. Griffin will join us for a second session to accommodate more class times.

Location: Penn Valley EC006/007

Link to Zoom recording

Passcode: XB@XBz6Z


Wed Sep 21 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Breaking Bans: A Celebration of Banned Books

This virtual event will feature authors Nikole Hannah-Jones (THE 1619 PROJECT), Renée Watson (THE 1619 PROJECT: BORN ON THE WATER), Kim Johnson (THIS IS MY AMERICA), and Kyle Lukoff (DIFFERENT KIND OF FRUIT and TOO BRIGHT TO SEE), who have all experienced first-hand having their work censored—sharing stories of how librarians and communities fought back, their personal experiences with bans, as well as how their books impacted individual readers at schools and libraries across the country.  Join us for the watch party in LR226 or register and watch independently.  

Location: Penn Valley LR226 

Zoom: Register for live Zoom here


Thu Sep 29 6:00-7:00 p.m.

A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones

The African American Artists Collective Invites You to Attend A Conversation with Nikole Hannah – Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. She has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three times. This event is free and open to the public — but pre-registration is required to ensure space. 


900 E Linwood Boulevard

Kansas City, MO 64109 

Register for the event at this link


Thu Oct 6 9:30-10:45

Pulled Over: How Police Stops Affect Race and Citizenship

Steven Maynard-Moody is a co-author of Pulled Over: How Police Stops Affect Race and Citizenship.  Students in small groups will discuss questions inspired by professor Maynard-Moody’s book, with the author facilitating discussions.  Then professor Maynard-Moody will discuss the hard data and local, personal narratives that he and his colleagues collected, in order to expound upon the topics of traffic and criminal justice included in The 1619 Project

Location: Penn Valley EC006/007

Zoom recording of event

Password: 6CulvA$9  


Wed Nov 2 11-12:15

Policing in the United States

MCC Criminal Justice professor Dr. Karen Curls will discuss the two policing models within the United States- one developing in the south around 1619 and northern policing which more formally begins to evolve in 1833- and how an amalgam of both models fashioned a criminal justice system that regulates and addresses African and African-American behavior in the past up to the present.

Link to Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 963 9438 7032

Passcode: read


Wed Nov 2 11-1:45

A Chat With The Mayor

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas will answer questions stemming from readings of The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story.  

Location: Maple Woods CC110


Sun Nov 20 3:00 p.m.

1619 Project Read Along

Nikole Hannah-Jones will appear in conversation with Howard University School of Law constitutional law professor Lisa Crooms-Robinson to explore democracy through the lens of The 1619 Project.  The discussion and reading of this event will focus on Chapter 1: "Democracy."  This is a virtual event and you must register at the link below to attend.

Register for the event at this link