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Sep 28 2016

Charleston Preps For Lecture By Ta-Nehisi Coates On Race In America

Staff Report for The Island Connection

Coates has been heralded for his writings, including “Between the World and Me.” (Photo by Nina Subin.)

Coates has been heralded for his writings, including “Between the World and Me.” (Photo by Nina Subin.)

Journalist and dynamic author Ta-Nehisi Coates will deliver the lecture “A Deeper Black: Race in America,” at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena on the evening of Tuesday, Oct 18.

In preparation, the Charleston County Public Library has been providing a limited number of free copies of Coates’ award-winning book “Between the World and Me,” with the support of Google, and has also arranged for book club discussions at several branches.

The Sea Islands Book Club will discuss Coates' latest book beforehand.

The Sea Islands Book Club will discuss Coates’ latest book beforehand.

The Sea Islands Book Club will discuss the book at the Johns Island Regional Library at 2 p.m. Oct. 18, the same day as a lecture. Coates’ lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. at the arena, located at 301 Meeting St., Charleston. It is sponsored by the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative funded by Google, Charleston County Public Library, the South Carolina Humanities, the SC Community Loan Fund, SunTrust, the Avery Institute, and the Sophia Institute.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration through rsji.eventbrite.com is recommended, but not required for attendance.

The New York Observer called Coates “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States.” Publishers Weekly predicts the the #1 New York Times bestseller “Between the World and Me” will be hailed as a classic of our time.” (Publishers Weekly).

Between the World and Me” is written by Ta-Nehisi Coates in the form of a letter to his teenage son, Samori. In 160 pages, it moves from Baltimore to Howard University to New York City to Paris, France, addressing what it means to be black in America.

An Atlantic National Correspondent, Coates has written many influential articles, including “The Case for Reparations,” which reignited the long dormant conversation of how to repay African-Americans for a system of institutional racism that’s robbed them of wealth and success for generations.

New York called the George Polk Award winning cover story “probably the most discussed magazine piece of the Obama era.”

Coates’s debut book, “The Beautiful Struggle,” is a tough and touching memoir of growing up in Baltimore during the age of crack.

Early arrival is suggested for his Charleston lecture. Doors open at 5 p.m., and there will be a security check prior to entrance. Discounted event rate parking of $5 per vehicle will be available at three locations with a voucher that will be available in the lobby of the TD Arena.

Those locations are:

George Street Garage, 34 St. Philip St.

St. Philip Street Garage, 89 St. Philip St.

Wentworth Street Garage, 81 Wentworth St.

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