This post has been updated to reflect a change in the “Color of Education 2019” program. Adriane Lentz-Smith, an associate professor of history at Duke University, will join Ta-Nehisi Coates on stage for a conversation about race in America.
Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates is expected to draw a big crowd Saturday when he headlines a one-day conference in Raleigh titled the “Color of Education 2019,” an event that will focus on race, equity and education in North Carolina.
But, if you haven’t already gotten a ticket, it’s too late.
Event organizers told Policy Watch the last ticket for the session with Coates was sold Tuesday morning. Tickets for plenary sessions have been sold out for weeks.
“Color of Education 2019” will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center from 8 am to 4:30 p.m. Coates’ keynote address is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.
The event is a collaboration among the Public School Forum of North Carolina, The Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity and Policy Bridge at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Coates will read from his new book and first novel, “The Water Dancer,” which was released in September.
The novel was quickly selected by Oprah Winfrey as the media mogul’s new book club selection. Winfrey said the book is in the Top 5 of the best she’s ever read.
After reading from his novel and answering questions, Coates will be joined on stage by Adriane Lentz-Smith, an associate professor of history at Duke University, for a conversation about race in America.
Before Coates’ presentation, a full day of workshops and panel discussions will be offered. The workshops will focus on strategies to address persistent racial inequities in the state’s educational system.
Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books, “The Beautiful Struggle,” “We Were Eight Years in Power” and “Between The World And Me,” which won the National Book Award in 2015.
Coates is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. And he is current author of the Marvel comics, “The Black Panther” and “Captain America.”