Speaking on stage at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre, Ta-Nehisi Coates remembered studying at Howard University and being mesmerized by a few lines from the poem "Personal Letter No. 3."
"We are what we are what we never think we are."
The poet, 81-year-old Sonia Sanchez, was seated on one side of Coates on Wednesday night. On the other side sat a Nobel laureate and one of Howard's most celebrated graduates, 85-year-old Toni Morrison.
"I'm a little overwhelmed," confided the 40-year-old author of the award-winning best-seller about race and police violence "Between the World and Me," who joined his revered elders and a capacity...