USD Just Read! Student Essay Contest

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Summer 2018

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For many African Americans, a historically black college university (HBCU) provides a unparalleled opportunity to learn about black history in an environment that celebrates their culture. In his book, Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates narrates his experience of being black in America and highlights the relationship between American society and the destruction of black bodies. He illustrates how the racist structures in American society affect him and the concepts that keep black Americans oppressed; the most important being the “Dream”.