An Atlantic senior editor and writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates has written numerous articles about race and ideological and generational shifts in the black community. His June cover story for The Atlantic, "The Case for Reparations," is one of the most talked-about pieces in recent memory and Loyola featured it in this fall's Diversity Reading Group program. His blog for the same publication was named by Time as one of the "25 Best in the World."
Coates’ critically hailed debut, The Beautiful Struggle, was published in 2009. It is a tough and touching memoir of growing up in Baltimore and a vivid portrait of his father, who dedicated his life to carrying his sons across the shoals of inner city adolescence.
Coates is currently writing his first novel, the story of an interracial family in pre-Civil War Virginia. Formerly a Martin Luther King, Jr., visiting scholar at MIT, today he teaches at the School of Journalism at the City University of New York.
Copies of The Beautiful Struggle are available in the Loyola bookstore and will be available for sale at the lecture.
Since 1993, Loyola has sponsored an annual convocation in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., to provide a forum for all members of the greater Baltimore community to come together to explore issues of social justice, politics, racial identity, and spirituality. Previous Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation speakers included filmmaker Spike Lee, critical race scholar Michael Eric Dyson, singer Bernice Johnson Reagon, historian Nell Irvin Painter, and author Octavia Butler.