Pulitzer-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones has turned down University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s tenure offer and will teach at Howard University instead.
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.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faced backlash when the Pulitzer-winning journalist was not given a tenured position upon her appointment.
The University of North Carolina's failure to offer tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones upon her appointment is shameful, several public figures wrote.
"We demand explanations from the university’s leadership at all levels,” their statement read.
"It is once again this issue of just not putting up with being disrespected," the prominent racial justice activist and scholar told The Boston Globe.
The department clearly understood the importance of Bahng's path-breaking work; they welcomed the intellectual "diversity" she provided. Yet even with this recognition by specialists, tenure was denied by the higher-ups.