Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent at The Atlantic, joins host Jonathan Judaken for a discussion on his upbringing, his influences, politics, and race in America.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. One of his most famous articles is "This is How We Lost to the White Man," an honest look at the generational and ideological rifts in the black community; its title is a quote by Bill Cosby. In 2013, Coates’s lively Atlantic blog—a lesson in how to thoroughly engage a community of readers—was named by Time as one of the 25 Best in the World.
Host Jonathan Judaken and Coates talk about his upcoming keynote lecture, part of Rhodes College's Communities in Conversation series on “Race, Region, and the Making of Public Memory: From Civil War to Civil Rights," taking place February 27-March 1, 2014.
They discuss the politics of race in America today, the meaning of a "post-racial" America, President Obama's role as the first African American President, the Civil War, and Coates' definition of true racism in our culture.
As a community partner with the Pink Palace’s must see new exhibit on Race, Rhodes College is bringing Coates to Memphis for a lecture called, “A Deeper Black: Race in America” will be on February 28th at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the Communities in Conversation section of the Rhodes website.