Nikole Hannah-Jones (c) seen here with Kynetta Moore (l) and Dr. Lucy Bremond (r) during an Emancipation Park Conservancy event Dec. 12, 2019 in Houston, TX. Photo by Aswad Walker.

The Emancipation Park Conservancy (EPC) recently launched its inaugural Emancipation Conversations lecture series by featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, the award-winning investigative reporter for the New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark 1619 Project. In 2017, Hannah-Jones received the illustrious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship known as the Genius Grant. Moreover, the Peabody Award-winner co-founded in 2016 the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting; a training and mentorship organization geared towards increasing the numbers of investigative reporters of color. The EPC’s new lecture series is a forum for transformative conversations surrounding the Black experience through interactive lectures. Award-winning journalist Melanie Lawson served as the moderator of the event. Dr. Lucy Bremond, executive director of the EPC, provided words of welcome along with Dr. Needha Boutte-Queen and Dr. Rockell Brown-Burton, college deans from Texas Southern University, who co-sponsored the event. Other attendees included Mayor Sylvester Turner, Iris Garcia, Kynetta Moore, Ramon Manning, Jacqueline Bostic, Patrina Johnson, Iman Garrett-Price, Frazier Wilson, Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, Deborah Wilkins-Buford, Gordon Buford, Kim Williams, Sylvia Brooks, John Bremond, Tracie Jae, Amari Walker, Shannon Buggs, Secunda Joseph, Ernest Walker, Josie Pickens, Quentin Wiltz, Theola Pettiway, Tammie Lang Campbell, Sharday Campbell, Necole Irvin, Haley Jackson, Sharon Stewart, Brannon Nealy and countless others.

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Aswad WalkerAssociate Editor

I'm originally from Cincinnati. I'm a husband and father to six children. I'm an associate pastor for the Shrine of Black Madonna (Houston). I am a lecturer (adjunct professor) in the University of Houston...