1619 Project Author Threatened $100,000 Fine If Speech Recorded

  • Former New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones was paid $40,000 for a 45-minute speech at a high school near the university she works at – and threatened a $100,000 penalty if it was recorded.
  • Although it was held at a school, the talk was part of a program run by the Arlington Public Library. The exorbitant speaking fee reportedly sent the library over budget by $7,500.
  • The contract with Hannah-Jones also forbid any recording of the event with a $100,000 penalty for any violation.
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