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Augie Reads 2019-2020: Between the World and Me

Web resources to supplement the 2019 Augie Reads book

The 1619 Project

In the year 1619, the first slave ship arrived on the shores of what is now the United States; the colonists of Virginia purchased all of the Africans on board. The 1619 Project--a new initiative created by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and sponsored by the New York Times--marks the 400th anniversary of that event by re-examining American slavery and its ongoing legacy. Scroll through the project website to find numerous stories and essays about race and slavery in the U.S., most of them by African-American writers.


On Juneteenth (June 19) 2019, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee met to discuss H.B. 40, "Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act," a bill that proposes creating a commission to study the possibility of providing reparations to African-Americans.

Ta-Nehisi Coates sparked a national conversation about reparations with an extensively-researched 2014 article on the topic for The Atlantic. He was invited to speak at the June 19 subcommittee hearings; this video, provided by Politico, shows his testimony.

  • Reparations are payments made to a group of people to make amends for a wrong that has been done to them. 
  • Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.