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February 13, 2020

“When Whites Were at Their Worst, Blacks Were at Their Best” The 1619 Project Has the NY Times; 1776 Has the Facts

Posted By Woodson Center

Contact: Maria Brazda,, 703.475.1500


  • Bob Woodson, Woodson Center
  • Clarence Page, Syndicated Columnist
  • Shelby Steele, Hoover Institution
  • Glenn Loury, Professor of Economics and Social Sciences, Brown University
  • Carol Swain, former Professor of Political Science & Law, Vanderbilt University
  • John Sibley Butler, Professor of Constructive Capitalism, University of Texas Business School
  • Robert Cherry, Professor of Economics, Brooklyn College
  • Jason Hill, Philosophy Professor, DePaul University
  • Coleman Hughes, Contributor, Columbia University student
  • Wilfred Reilly, Associate Professor of Political Science, Kentucky State University
  • John Wood, Jr., Director of Public Outreach, Better Angels
  • Carl Hardrick, Crisis Intervention Specialist, The Carl Hardrick Institute
  • Shirley Stanfill, Founder and President, House of Help City of Hope
  • Jon Ponder, Founder & CEO, Hope for Prisoners
  • Robert Bracy, CEO, Pinnacle Business Management
  • Latasha Fields, Christian Home Educators Support System
  • Paul & Cindy Grodell, Pastors, Beyond the Walls Church
  • Willie Peterson, Pastor of the NewBirth Kimmelbrook Baptist
  • Taleeb Starkes, best-selling author
  • Darryl Webster, Senior Pastor, Senior Pastor of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church
  • Gary & Patricia Wyatt, He Brought Us Out Ministry
  • Joseph Young, Filmmaker, Hartford Animation & Film Institute (HAFI)
  • John H. McWhorter, Associate Professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University
  • Jubal Garcia, Senior Pastor of Outcry in the Barrio and Metanoya Church

Bob Woodson (Woodson Center) has formed and will introduce a consortium of top black academics, columnists, social service providers, business leaders and clergy from across American who are committed to telling the complete history of America and black Americans from 1776 to present with a look to the future in answer to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous question, “Where do we go from here?”

WHEN:                 Friday, February 14, 2020

TIME:                   12:30

WHERE:              National Press Club,
                              529 14th Street, N.W. Washington DC 20045
                              First Amendment Lounge- 13th Floor

About “1776”: ” 1776″ is an assembly of independent voices who uphold our country’s authentic founding virtues and values and challenge those who assert America is forever defined by its past failures, such as slavery. We seek to offer alternative perspectives that celebrate the progress America has made on delivering its promise of equality and opportunity, and highlight the resilience of its people. Our focus is on solving problems. We do this in the spirit of 1776, the date of America’s true founding.

About the Woodson Center: The Woodson Center’s mission is to transform lives, schools, and troubled neighborhoods, from the inside out.