Media for a Just Society Award Winner Ta-Nehisi Coates Wins National Book Award

November 23, 2015 | NCCD


NCCD congratulates Media for a Just Society Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates upon winning the National Book Award last week. Coates won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for Between the World and Me. The book has been widely discussed and celebrated since its July release and has been compared to some of activist-writer James Baldwin’s classic works. In the book, Coates takes “a visceral, blunt exploration” of his experience of being a black man in America in the form of a letter to his son.  

Coates is also a winner of NCCD’s 2015 Media for a Just Society Award in the longform journalism category for his article “The Case for Reparations,” published by The Atlantic. The piece explores the need for the United States to “reckon with our compounding moral debts” to face hundreds of years of slavery, inequality, and injustice in order to move forward. 

The Media for a Just Society Awards are the only national recognition of media whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues. 

Congratulations, Mr. Coates! To learn more about Ta-Nehisi Coates, his winning piece, and the Media for a Just Society Awards, click here