Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates

National Correspondent at The Atlantic

Visiting Scholar 2012-2014

Hosted by the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies


Ta-Nehisi Coates is a National Correspondent at The Atlantic and author of The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood (Spiegel & Grau, 2008)

He is a leading journalist and public intellectual whose work centers on politics, culture, and society from a point of view that recognizes that the United States is not yet a race-blind society. As an MLK Scholar, Coates taught one course per semester and gave public lectures at MIT.


Between the World and Me

The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir

The Case for Reparations


How should the U.S. address problems of violent policing? As a nation, we may be asking the police to do certain things that they shouldn't, says Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Atlantic correspondent offers his Brief But Spectacular take on the legacy of white supremacy in America today.

The Colbert Report (6/16/2014)

Interview with Bill Moyers (5/21/2014)

Facing the Truth: The Case for Reparations from BillMoyers.com