Who is Nikole Hannah-Jones' husband Faraji Hannah-Jones?

Who is Nikole Hannah-Jones' husband Faraji Hannah-Jones?

07/06/2021

NIKOLE Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist with the New York Times.

Hannah-Jones is known for her work on The 1619 Project, an outline of the legacy of slavery in the United States.

Who is Nikole Hannah-Jones' husband Faraji Hannah-Jones?

The 45-year-old investigative journalist is married to Faraji Hannah-Jones.

The couple lives in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn with their daughter, Najya.

Faraji comes from a military veteran family. His father served in the military for 23 years, while his grandfather was in the military for over 30 years.

Faraji is a tech specialist and a parent activist who organizes around issues of school integration.

According to Faraji's LinkedIn, he has been working with the ACLU since April of 2020 as an information technology support technician.

His previous work includes companies such as 1619 Enterprises, The Audacity Firm, and LF Distribution Holding.

The bio on his website states that he has “been in the IT industry for 18 years and serves on his Parent Advisory Council.”

When asked by NYU what makes him happy about being involved in school integration, he said: "Connecting and creating alliances with people who value our children in the Black and Brown community makes me happy."

Did Nikole Hannah-Jones reject UNC's tenure offer?

On July 6, Hannah-Jones announced she has decided to reject an offer to serve as the chair of the journalism department at the University of North Carolina, and that she will take a similar position at Howard University.

The decision follows a massive controversy at the North Carolina school, which initially did not offer Hannah-Jones tenure.

"It's a very difficult decision, not one I wanted to make," she told Gayle King on CBS This Morning.

Hannah-Jones said she will serve as the inaugural Knight chair in race and reporting at Howard, a historically Black university in Washington DC.

Last week, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill trustees voted to approve tenure for the New York Times Magazine journalist after a broad backlash against their initial decision.

The move to at first deny her tenure came after conservative groups complained about her involvement in the creation of the Times’s 1619 Project.

“Today’s outcome and the actions of the past month are about more than just me," Hannah-Jones said when UNC approved tenure for her.

"This fight is about ensuring the journalistic and academic freedom of Black writers, researchers, teachers, and students.

"We must ensure that our work is protected and able to proceed free from the risk of repercussions, and we are not there yet.

"These last weeks have been very challenging and difficult and I need to take some time to process all that has occurred and determine what is the best way forward."

On July 6, Hannah-Jones said that "to be denied it, and to only be granted tenure on the last possible day at the last possible moment after legal action, after weeks of protests, after it became a national scandal, it's just not something I wanted anymore."

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