A Deeper Black: Race in America
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic who wrote the magazine’s recent cover story “My President Was Black,” a history of the first African American White House. His June 2014 cover story on slavery and race, “The Case for Reparations,” won the George Polk Award for Commentary. He is a journalist-in-residence at the City University of New York School of Journalism and previously was the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT. In 2015 he was named a MacArthur Fellow.
Coates’ latest book, Between the World and Me, is written in the form of a letter to his teenage son about the challenges he will face growing up black in America. He also is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir about growing up in Baltimore with a father who was a Vietnam vet and a Black Panther with his own underground black press. Coates is a former writer for The Village Voice and a contributor to Time, O and the New York Times Magazine.
This is the university’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Series Keynote Lecture. It is co-sponsored by the College of Design.