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Baltimore native and Atlantic writer to speak at MLK Convocation

November 10, 2014 | By Stephanie Weaver

Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a Baltimore native and national correspondent for The Atlantic, will speak at Loyola University Maryland’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation on Monday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. in Reitz Arena on the University’s Evergreen campus.

In his lecture, Coates will consider the case for reparations in the context of American history, housing policy, and African American experience. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For ticket information, visit

During his time as a writer at The Atlantic, Coates has written numerous articles about race, and ideological and generational shifts in the black community. His June cover story, “The Case for Reparations,” sparked a national conversation and was featured in this fall's Diversity Reading Group program at Loyola. His blog for the same publication was named by Time as one of the “25 Best in the World.”

Coates’ debut book, The Beautiful Struggle, 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. Copies of the book are available in the Loyola bookstore, and will be available for sale at the lecture.

Coates has also written for The Village Voice, Time, O, and The New York Times Magazine. In 2012, Coates was awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. Coates is currently working on a novel about an interracial family in pre-Civil War Virginia.

This fall, Coates began teaching at the School of Journalism at CUNY. He was previously the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT.

For more reflections and thoughts on the event, read Loyola magazine's Q&A with Brian Norman, Ph.D., associate professor of English and faculty development fellow.

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 the issues of social justice, politics, racial identity, and spirituality. Previous speakers have included filmmaker Spike Lee, scholar Michael Eric Dyson, singer Bernice Johnson Reagon, historian Nell Irvin Painter, and author Octavia Butler.

Event Contact

For more information about this event, please call 410-617-2261

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