Prized journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates has something major to celebrate now that he’s been named one of this year’s MacArthur Fellows.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is known for speaking on and covering racial inequality in America.The 40-year-old Between the World and Me author was “estatic” when the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation notified him of his award, the prestigious “Genius Grant.” Coates is one of the 24 MacArthur Fellows to receive the award, which holds a value of $625,000 over the course of 5 years and can be used as the recipients please.
A National Correspondent for The Atlantic, Coates says he was always ‘an inquisitive child,” “always one to ask questions.” It appears to have paid off well, as the MacArthur Foundation calls him a “memoirist who brings personal reflection and historical scholarship to bear on America’s most contested issues,” specifically for his critically acclaimed memoir, The Beautiful Struggle.
Ta-Nehisi made a brief, public statement via Twitter last night, letting everyone know that at age 40, he has made it. Read Coates’ reaction in the gallery.