New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, who authored the 1619 Project, has been named to TIME‘s tips of the “100 most influential people” in 2021.

According to TIME’s announcement concerning Hannah-Jones’ different, American movie director Barry Jenkins acknowledged “Hannah-Jones is larger than life,” referring to The 1619 Project as “Nikole’s greatest work.”

The New York Times’ 1619 Project is a long-form collaboration that seeks to “reframe the country’s history” by bringing slavery and racism to the forefront of the nationwide narrative. It was led by Hannah-Jones, who gained a Pulitzer Prize for commentary final 12 months for the enterprise.


“This may be the sum effect of Nikole’s greatest work—The 1619 Project, an analysis of the legacy of slavery in the U.S.—but it is certainly not the sum of her,” Jenkins acknowledged in his writing on Hannah-Jones for TIME. “The journalist from Waterloo, Iowa, contains multitudes. She is the most emphatic laugh, the consummate ally, the staunchest critic.”

Jenkins went on to declare that the “light Nikole wields is titanic, a blinding beam that illuminates and scorches.”

“In her light, the wounds of America’s original and subsequent sins are laid bare,” Jenkins added. “With her light, the serrated flesh of this country’s past is both subject and predicate, a light wielded to both identify wounds and cauterize flesh.”

Hannah-Jones has obtained immense criticism over her work, notably the 1619 Project, which critics declare is traditionally inaccurate in some methods. Five tutorial historians even signed a letter claiming the 1619 Project obtained loads of components of historic earlier fallacious, together with a declare that the Revolutionary War was fought to defend slavery.

“We write as historians to express our strong reservations about important aspects of The 1619 Project,” the historians wrote contained in the letter, revealed in a December 2019 drawback of The New York Times Magazine. “The project is intended to offer a new version of American history in which slavery and white supremacy become the dominant organizing themes.”

While applauding “efforts to address the enduring centrality of slavery and racism to our history,” the historians acknowledged they’d been “dismayed at some of the factual errors in the project and the closed process behind it.”

Earlier this 12 months, Hannah-Jones claimed that opposition to the 1619 Project shouldn’t be with reference to the “accurate rendering of history.”

Fox News’ David Aaro contributed to this textual content material.