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Black Classic Press

Celebrations All Around

Posted by W. Paul Coates on

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Did you get the New York Times on Saturday? I didn't know it at the time because I did not have the physical paper, but Saturday’s edition came out with a large article on Ta-nehisi and an equally large article on Haki and Third World Press. Nothing like this has been done before making that edition for people like me, who follow and collect our history, one precious commodity.

To top it off, Ta-nehisi moderated a discussion in Chicago between Haki and me about our inspirations, motivations, and publishing. It turns out we both came awoke after reading Richard Wright, we both were early readers and admirers of Russian literature, and we both started our publishing in our basements.

It was a great event and an honor for me to share the light with Haki commemorating a half a century of guiding Third World Press and its work preserving our history and culture. And it was Ta-nehisi’s born day.

If you have a copy of the New York Times for Saturday, Sept. 30, hold on to it. If you don’t, immediately try to find one. This edition represents a significant marker in Black literary history.