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Ta-Nehisi Coates talks Orlando, Ali with fellow writers Toni Morrison and Sonia Sanchez

Ta-Nehisi Coates talks Orlando, Ali with fellow writers Toni Morrison and Sonia Sanchez

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 Baltimore native and author of the award-winning best-seller about race and police violence "Between the World and Me," who joined his revered...

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