Ta-Nehisi Coates: World View Lecture
Monday, April 3, 2017 06:30 pm
Location: Wharton Center
His 2014 Atlantic essay, ‘The Case for Reparations’, is a brilliant account of the racial injustices that persist after two hundred fifty years of slavery, ninety years of Jim Crow, and thirty-five years of discriminatory housing policy. Every bit as clear-eyed is Coates’ 2015 Atlantic article,
'The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration', a damning critique of America’s penal policy and the damage it has wrought to African American families. In addition, Coates is the author of two intensely moving memoirs, The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, the latter of which won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction. It was no surprise last year when Coates received a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship: very few writers combine scholarly excellence and journalistic flair with such skill. A master of multiple genres, more recently
Coates has written the text for the best-selling Marvel comic, Black Panther; is working on an HBO series about the Civil Rights Movement; and continues to write for a wide range of newspapers and magazines.