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Bodily Safety: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Shootings

When journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates set out to write about police killings he went to visit Mable Jones. Back in 2000, Jones’ son, a friend of Coates from their time at Howard University, was shot and killed by police in Virginia. He was twenty-five years old. Written in the form of a letter to his own teenage son, Coates’ book “Between the World and Me” puts police shootings in a wider context.

Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke as part of the Lannan Foundation’s Pursuit of Cultural Freedom Series.

Featuring: Ta-Nehisi Coates journalist and author of “Between the World and Me”

Host: George Lavender
Producers: Jasmin Lopez, Laura Flynn, and Andrew Stelzer
Storytelling Fellow: Al Sasser
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth
Music: Hellenica- Night Creeper

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