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“Race in America” Speaker Ta-Nehisi Coates Here Nov 3

cimage_8f491ae5bc-thumbcAcclaimed author Mr. Ta-Nehisi Coates will speak on “Race in America” at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s Annual Community meeting on Tuesday, November 3, 8:00pm, at Miller Auditorium.  Free admission.  Free parking in the Miller structure.  Doors open at 7:30.  Registration requested.  Kazoo Books will have Mr. Coates’ books there for sale.

Come see why Mr. Coates’ books and his articles in The Atlantic are getting so much attention.  Work on Racism was chosen as our highest ISAAC priority, so let’s have a huge delegation there from ISAAC congregations and organizations!

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Race in America – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates does not tend to pre-write his keynotes. He talks extemporaneously, forcefully, on the events of the day—sometimes, that literal day—and incorporates themes from his writing. Lately, his focus is on the systemic racism that is inseparable from the growth of the nation: the racist policies that have plundered black bodies, black property, and black lives for economic and social gain. How can we reconcile these acts, many of them ongoing, with the supposedly post racial country some claim we are moving towards? Other related topics include the distressing series of murders of unarmed black people that has rocked the country and dominated headlines. What does it mean to occupy a black body in America? What rules and fears and hopes govern behavior? Coates does not offer a casual “snapshot,” does not provide easy answers, and does not dole out false hope. He engages audiences in a meaningful, historically-grounded, up-to-the-minute discussion on what it means to talk—really talk—about race today.