Ta-Nehisi Coates to join Howard University journalism school faculty

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Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates is slated to join Howard University's faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Coates, 45, is an alumnus from the university, worked as a national correspondent for the Atlantic, and is writing the screenplay for an upcoming Superman film. He will join the faculty as the Sterling Brown chair in the Department of English, according to a press release from Howard University.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, founder of the 1619 Project, announced she would decline tenure for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in favor of accepting the faculty position of Knight chairwoman in race and journalism at Howard University.

Coates will begin his position following the completion of several obligations he is undertaking, according to the school. The civil rights author and comic writer said there was "no higher personal honor" than to teach at his alma mater.

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"I heard a wise man once say, ‘A man who hates home will never be happy.’ And it is in the pursuit of wisdom and happiness that I return to join the esteemed faculty of Howard University. This is the faculty that molded me. This is the faculty that strengthened me," Coates said.

Coates won the 2015 National Book Award for Between the World and Me, which focuses on the topic of historical violence against black people in the United States. He has written for Marvel Comics, where he appeared to lampoon Canadian psychology professor Jordan Peterson as the villain Red Skull.

Hannah-Jones's and Coates's appointments to faculty positions at the Washington, D.C., school are backed by $20 million donated by the Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

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“At such a critical time for race relations in our country, it is vital that we understand the role of journalism in steering our national conversation and social progress," Coates said. "Not only must our newsrooms reflect the communities where they are reporting, but we need to infuse the profession with diverse talent."

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