SOA Writers and Families,

On Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30pm the College of Charleston will host 2015 MacArthur Fellowship winner Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me. Presenting a lecture titled “A Deeper Black: Race in America,” Coates will explore themes of social injustice and racial inequality spanning from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to our contemporary backyards.

We anticipate that this event will be meaningful and transformative for our community, as well as for our young writers and citizens. With this in mind, we are asking that all of the Creative Writing high schoolers attend. In the weeks beforehand, we will be reading excerpts of the book along with supplementary materials from The New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, and more.

The event is free, and we have already pre-registered for enough tickets for the high school students to attend. If, however, you are interested in going or if you are a parent of a middle school student who would like to attend, you can register here: (For those of you with young students, though, please be advised that Coates will be discussing mature subject matter which might not be appropriate for all. Rated M for Mature.)

Students have already started talking about possible ways to carpool after school or before the event with the students, and would appreciate any help you might be able to give to those students with transportation issues.

For more information about the event, please see below:

Early arrival is suggested. Doors open at 5:00pm and there will be a security check prior to entrance. Please refrain from bringing any large bags or signs. There will be a bus loading zone on Meeting Street in front of TD Arena. For more information please contact the Race and Social Justice Initiative Project Coordinator Daron Lee Calhoun, II at

Discounted event rate parking will be available at three locations:

  • George Street Garage, 34 St. Philip St.
  • St. Philip Street Garage, 89 St. Philip St.
  • Wentworth Street Garage, 81 Wentworth St.

The cost for parking at these three locations will be $5 per vehicle. Upon exiting the garage after the event, guests will need to present the cashier with a special parking voucher, along with the ticket from garage entrance, in order to receive the $5 event rate. Parking vouchers will be available in the lobby of the TD Arena.

Please also feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. As the date approaches, we will be in touch again, but I wanted to reach out to let you know about this exciting opportunity for your child so that you can mark this date on your calendars.


Danielle DeTiberus, Rutledge Hammes, and Beth Webb Hart

SOA Creative Writers to Attend Ta-Nehisi Coates Lecture at College of Charleston

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