More than 250 public figures and other advocates have signed a letter in support of Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and creator of “The 1619 Project” who has yet to be offered tenure at the University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism.

The letter was published Tuesday in The Root, a site focused on Black news and culture, and signed by numerous well-known academics, writers, athletes and other public figures, including political activist Angela Davis, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, director Ava DuVernay and former NBA star Dwyane Wade.

The letter accuses UNC of bowing to pressure from conservatives opposed to “The 1619 Project,” an effort Hannah-Jones helmed at The New York Times Magazine to reshape the telling and teaching of American history and examine the consequences of enslaving Black people on U.S. soil.

UNC announced last month that Hannah-Jones would be joining the university as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism in July. Her application for tenure, which would grant her permanent employment at the university, was well-reviewed by other faculty and the tenure board, but the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees decided not to take action on it.

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