The project, which examines the history and effects of slavery, has faced bans and attempted bans since its publication in 2019.
"A healthy society does not ban ideas,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist said as she accepted the Social Justice Impact Award at the ceremony.
"The 1619 Project" author read excerpts from King's speeches without telling anyone that she was doing so, leading the audience to think King's words were hers.
The book, inspired by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones' Pulitzer Prize-winning "1619 Project," will be released in late December.
The head of the elite Middlesex School in Massachusetts said it canceled the Pulitzer-winner's speech over concerns about how outsiders might react.
Ta-Nehisi Coates will join the Pulitzer-winning journalist and creator of the “1619 Project" at the historically Black university as faculty.
The Pulitzer-winning journalist and creator of the “1619 Project" had said she would not begin a professorship without tenure, citing discrimination concerns.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning "1619 Project" creator had been set to begin a five-year teaching contract next month.
Chemist Lisa Jones turned down a job at the University of North Carolina after trustees rejected Nikole Hannah Jones' tenure request.
Walter Hussman, whose $25 million donation resulted in his name on the school, said the journalist didn't meet his standards of objectivity, The Assembly reported.