Join Pastor Chris Battle and Chris Woodhull for a discussion of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates on Wednesday, April 27, at noon in the East Tennessee History Center. Books Sandwiched In is a program series sponsored by the Friends of the Knox County Public Library.
The book, Between the World and Me, is a letter that Coates writes to his adolescent son about how to be Black in America. Coates tells his son, “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” Pivoting from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, he offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of Black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. Coates shares the story of awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. “This is a conversation with a son that every father should have,” Battle said.
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Pastor Chris Battle