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Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me (2015) is an open letter to the author’s 15-year-old son about the realities that face black men in America. Filled with personal anecdotes about the author’s personal development and experiences with racism, his letter tries to prepare young black people for the world that awaits them.

Who should read these blinks?
  • Anyone interested in race and racism in the United States
  • Anyone interested in social issues
  • Anyone interested in US history
Who wrote the book?

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir that explores Coates’s relationship with his father Paul Coates. In 2014, he won the George Polk Award in Journalism and, in 2015, he won the MacArthur Genius Grant.


Image Ta-Nehisi Coates: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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