2020 Infinity Award: Online Platform & New Media—the 1619 Project of the New York Times Magazine
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About the 1619 Project of the New York Times Magazine
The 1619 Project by the New York Times Magazine commemorates the 400th anniversary of the start of American slavery. It is a multimedia editorial initiative that catalogs the legacy of slavery in contemporary American society, as well as the contributions of black Americans in actualizing this country’s founding ideals of democracy, liberty, and equality. It has sparked an overdue reckoning with how the story of America is told, and has radically reframed how millions of Americans understand their own history. The project includes eleven essays that reveal how slavery has affected key facets of contemporary America, including modern capitalism, health care, the prison system, music, sugar, and even rush-hour traffic. It also includes a special broadsheet section, literary timeline, and multi-episode podcast series. Combined, these works make the case that slavery and its vestiges, as well as the African presence in the United States, account for much that makes this country unique: its economic might, its industrial power, its electoral system, its commitment to equality, its diet and popular music, its astonishing penchant for violence, its income inequality, its slang, its legal system, and the endemic racial fears and hatreds that plague it to this day.
About the ICP Infinity Awards
Since 1985, the annual ICP Infinity Awards have recognized major contributions and emerging talent in the fields of photojournalism, art, fashion photography, and publishing. Support the ICP Infinity Awards at icp.org/donate. All proceeds directly benefit ICP’s education and exhibition programs.