Ta-Nehisi Coates DC Book Launch at Sankofa
When?Start time: Monday 7:00pm (09 October)
End time: Monday 9:00pm (09 October)
Sankofa Video and Books and the Washington, DC community will host the DC Launch of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: An American Tragedy, celebrating the highly anticipated and timely work of this talented son of the DMV.
"I grew up surrounded by Black books, reared by a father who spent much of his adult life either running a bookstore or a publishing company. I was made, as a writer and as a human, by Black books. Those bookstores that specialize in this literature are sacred. It is, thus, wholly appropriate that I begin my tour with Sankofa." -Ta-Nehisi Coates
We invite you to join us at this important event, Monday, October 9, 2017, at Metropolitan AME Church, to be part of an intimate conversation with renowned journalist Kojo Nnamdi and Ta-Nehisi Coates discussing WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: An American Tragedy. Doors open at 6pm; the program will begin at 7pm. This is a free event but you are urged to purchase your signed book in advance; Ta-Nehisi will not be signing on site.
Please go to https://www.events.sankofa.com/ or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sankofa-bookstore-presents-ta-nehisi-coates-washington-dc-book-launch-tickets-36785358999 to get your tickets and purchase a copy of the book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In his book WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: An American Tragedy, Ta-Nehisi Coates examines the cause and effect between the unprecedented election of Barack Obama as the first Black president, to the vicious backlash that fueled the election of Donald Trump, a man Coates calls America’s “first white president.”
WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: An American Tragedy builds on Ta-Nehisi’s previously published work, including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” and The Beautiful Struggle, and showcases the same riveting storytelling and laser-sharp honesty that distinguished Coates’ best-seller, Between the World and Me. WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER contains eight essays which revisit each year of the Obama administration, tracking the impact of white supremacy on our community and the nation through the personal narrative of the national correspondent for The Atlantic and National Book Award-winning author. As Coates states, “The Confederacy is not dead, and African Americans are well aware that this history is still with us.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ta-Nehisi Coates was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Cheryl Waters, an educator, and William Paul Coates, former Black Panther and founder of Black Classic Press, a publishing house that specializes in African-American titles. Ta-Nehisi Coates attended local schools in Baltimore and Howard University. His first job in journalism was as a reporter for Washington, DC’s The City Paper. Coates is currently a national correspondent for The Atlantic. His book, Between the World and Me, was awarded the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Coates is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and is currently writer of the Black Panther series for Marvel Comics.
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