Bookish Angst: Thought-Provoking Work by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This month is Black History Month, so school bulletin boards and social media feeds get decked out with images and quotes from the leaders of the civil rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Asa Philip Randolph. Ray Wilkins. Whitney Young Jr. John Lewis. James Farmer Jr. These activists and so many others deserve to be remembered.
But the civil rights movement isn’t really over. America is still struggling to come to terms with its racist past and present. We’re still struggling to create an anti-racist future. So instead of fixating on the voices of the past, let’s also pay attention to the voices that are speaking or crying out right now.
Why not start with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates?
His book Between the World and Me is one of the Bookish Angst Book Club picks.
Bookish Angst is a collaboration between myself and Antoinette Scully of Black & Bookish. It’s a space where you can join us in reading and discussing books, essays, and articles about relevant social justice issues.