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Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Between the World and Me | Key Figures

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author and narrator of the book-length essay Between the World and Me. His experiences and ideas make up the substance of the text. Read More
Samori Samori Coates is the son of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Kenyatta Matthews. The essay is written as a letter to him from his father. Read More
Kenyatta Matthews Kenyatta Matthews is Ta-Nehisi Coates's partner and the mother of Samori Coates. Read More
Prince Jones Prince Jones is the son of Dr. Mable Jones and a friend of Ta-Nehisi Coates from Howard University. He was killed by a police officer. Read More
Dr. Mable Jones Dr. Mable Jones is the mother of Prince Jones, a young man killed by a police officer. Read More
Michael Brown Michael Brown was an unarmed African American teenager who was shot by a white police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014. A grand jury ruled not to indict Wilson.
Paul Coates Paul Coates is Ta-Nehisi Coates's father. He was a strict disciplinarian and a former member of the Black Panther Party.
Eric Garner Eric Garner was an African American man who died on July 17, 2014, from subsequent injuries after a New York City police officer applied a chokehold on him for selling untaxed cigarettes. The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, was not charged with a crime.
Trayvon Martin On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American boy, was killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida. Martin had been visiting with relatives in the gated community where Zimmerman also lived. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in 2013.
Tamir Rice Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was an African American boy who was fatally shot by a police officer while playing with a toy gun in a park in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2014. The officer, Timothy Loehmann, had begun shooting immediately after exiting his car.
Malcolm X Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little (1925–65), was an important voice in the fight for civil rights in America. He did not agree with the nonviolent movement championed by Martin Luther King Jr. but instead became a leader in the Black Power movement.
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