The American Writer, Journalist And An Educator Essay

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Ta-Nehisi is an American writer, journalist and an educator. Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he writes about cultural, social and political issues, particularly regarding African-Americans. Coates was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His father was William Paul - "Paul" Coates, a Vietnam war veteran, former Black Panther, publisher, and librarian, and his mother was Cheryl Waters, who was a teacher. Coates’ father founded and ran
Black Classic Press, was a publisher specialized in African-American titles. The press grew out of a grassroots organization, the George Jackson Prison Movement (GJPM). Initially the GJPM operated a Black book store called the Black Book. Later Black Classic Press was established with a tabletop printing press in the basement of the Coates’ family home. Coates ' father had seven children, five boys and two girls, by four women. Coates father 's first wife had three children, Coates mother had two boys, and the other two women each had a child. The children were raised together in a close-knit family; most lived with their mothers and at times lived with their father. Coates said that he lived with his father the whole time in Coates ' family and the important overarching focus was on rearing children with values based on family, respect for elders and being a contribution to their community. This approach to family was not uncommon in the community where he grew up which was a Mondawmin neighborhood of Baltimore during

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