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Race, fears and dreams

Between the World and Me is a letter that Ta-Nehisi 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. 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.

Pastor Chris Battle of the Tabernacle Baptist Church is joined by Chris Woodhull of the SoulCare Project in Chattanooga to lead this community discussion of the book.

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Melissa Brenneman

Melissa listens to hours of podcasts on most days. She started the habit with the intention of taking long walks, but podcasts proved to be more addicting than exercise. She records, edits and mixes podcasts for the library.
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Alan May

Alan May works as a reference librarian at Lawson McGhee Library. In his spare time, he reads and writes poetry. May's most recent books are Dead Letters (2008) and More Unknowns (2014). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, New Orleans Review, Plume, and others.