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Students at Middlesex School walk out of classes in protest over cancelation of Nikole Hannah-Jones talk

Students staged the walkout after Hannah-Jones revealed that school officials had canceled her talk planned for Black History Month next year.

BENJAMIN NORMAN
Nikole Hannah-Jones.


Students at Middlesex School in Concord walked out of their classes Friday afternoon to protest the school’s decision to disinvite Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times journalist who conceived The 1619 Project, from speaking at the school.

Students, several of whom were interviewed by the Globe Friday, staged the walkout after Hannah-Jones revealed that school officials had canceled her talk planned for Black History Month next year.

The walk out was conceived for students to “show our disappointment in our leadership, and that this decision was made by the leader and not by our school, and our school represents something totally different than the decisions of our leader,” AliJah Clark, a 17-year-old junior and organizer of the event, said in an interview with the Globe ahead of the protest.

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