Hulu is manufacturing a documentary series based on The 1619 project, a New York Times series that explored the history of slavery in the United States and its lasting impact on American life. Roger Ross Williams, who was the first African-American director to win a Oscar, will produce the docuseries and direct the first episode. Peabody Award-winning journalist and producer Shoshana Guy will act as showrunner.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator of the project and a New York Times writer, won a Pulitzer Prize for his introductory essay in the series. The publication of Project 1619 began in August 2019 and included articles, poems, fiction, live events and a podcast. It marked the 400th anniversary of the first ships carrying enslaved Africans arriving in what would become the United States.
“Project 1619 is a critical reframing of American history,” Williams said in a press release. “Our dearest ideals and achievements cannot be understood without acknowledging both systemic racism and the contributions of black Americans. And it’s not just about the past – black people are still fighting both against the legacy of this racism and against its present incarnation. “
the Times teamed up with Lionsgate and Oprah Winfrey last year to create movies, TV shows, and other ventures based on Project 1619. It’s not yet clear when the Hulu docuseries will premiere.