Community Read Spotlight: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Family


“Coates offers readers a small and beautiful epic about boys trying to become men in black America and beyond.”

Each summer, the Wheelock College Community Read unites students, faculty, and staff around common themes shared through a book. This summer, the selected book is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Beautiful Struggle. Many know Coates from his MacArthur Genius Grant-earning work with The Atlantic, or as the newest writer for Marvel’s Black Panther comic book series. Before his rise to fame with 2014’s “The Case for Reparations” and his 2015 book Between the World and Me, he wrote The Beautiful Struggle to explore his relationship with his father, brother, with Black America, and masculinity itself.

In this One on One interview with Maria Hinojosa, which we hope will prime you to dive into the rest of the book, Coates elaborates on the theme of family in the Black community- its perception inside and outside of Black America, and its reality “on the ground.”

We hope you’re with us as a fellow reader for this summer’s book, we look forward to reflecting on it further with you this fall at Convocation, in discussion groups, and even in casual conversation during the year.