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Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations”

Feb 19, 2015
6:00 pm
Blackman Auditorium

The University ScholarsCivic Engagement Program, and the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute are proud to host an evening with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, who will be speaking as part of the Scholars Seminar on Research, Leadership, and Innovation.

250 years of slavery. 90 years of Jim Crow. 60 years of separate but equal. 35 years of racist housing policy


These are but a few of America’s compounding moral debts which Ta-Nehisi Coates has argued can only be settled by the payment of reparations to African-Americans.

A national correspondent  for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates has penned many influential articles, including a 2014 cover story on slavery and race, “The Case for Reparations,” which became one of the most talked-about pieces of nonfiction in recent memory. Last year, Coates’s lively Atlantic blog was name by Time as one of the 25 Best in the World.

Coates is a former writer for The Village Voice, and a contributor to TimeO, and The New York Times Magazine. In 2012, he was awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Jounalism. Judge Hendrik Hertzberg, of The New Yorker, wrote, “Coates is one of the most elegant and sharp observers of race in America. He is an upholder of universal values, a brave and compassionate writer who challenges his readers to transcend narrow self-definitons and focus on shared humanity.” 

Tickets are free for Northeastern students, faculty, and staff. To reserve your space at the event, please register through myTickets on MYNEU.

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