Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive voices in black America—and one of our best writers, period. His timber is rich, emotional with depth and a sonar sense of how pop culture, politics, and history shape discussions of diversity. Here at the DuSable Museum we hail Coates as a “young James Baldwin of the hip hop generation” Coates reference Baldwin; “After all his hard talk—Baldwin is still talking about love. His essays are amazing acts of intellectual and emotional courage.” Ta-Nehisi Atlantic cover story on slavery and race, “The Case for Reparations,” is one of the most talked-about pieces of nonfiction in recent memory. This Public Programs Lecture is in conjunction with our present exhibition “”Spirits of the Passage: Transatlantic Slave Trade in the 17th Century which will remain open for Public viewing from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm Thursday, November 13, 2014. Coates has penned many influential articles. One of the most famous is “This is How We Lost to the White Man,” a searingly honest look at the generational and ideological rifts in the black community; its title is a quote by Bill Cosby. Last year, Coates’s lively Atlantic blog—a lesson in how to thoroughly engage a community of readers—was named by Time as one of the 25 Best in the World. This fall 2014, Coates began a new position teaching at the School of Journalism at CUNY. He was previously the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT.