Writers & Readers: John McWhorter & Coleman Hughes – Black America: Owning Your Future

John McWhorter & Coleman Hughes

Black America: Owning Your Future

John McWhorter

John McWhorter is author of more than a dozen books including The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, Losing the Race: Self Sabotage in Black America and Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English. In 2016 he published Words on the Move: Why English Won’t – and Can’t – Sit Still (Like, Literally). He also regularly contributes to newspapers and magazines including The New Republic, Time, and The Atlantic, including his article on how immigrants change languages and an essay on policing the “N-word.”

Coleman Hughes

Coleman Hughes writes about race, public policy, and applied ethics and hosts the podcast Conversations with Coleman which he describes “as a platform that champions free speech, free thought, and open debate – values that I believe play a pivotal role in a liberal society.”  After briefly attending the Juilliard School to study jazz trombone, he dropped out and began to pursue a career as an independent jazz/hip-hop artist while attending Columbia University, only to discover a passion for applied ethics and public policy, graduating with a B.A. in philosophy.  He is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, an opinion columnist on issues related to race and racism at the online magazine Quillette, as well as a fellow and contributing editor at City Journal. He has been named one of Forbes 30 under 30 for 2021 for his work in media including conversations around race, slavery, and reparations. 

Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 12:00PM

Reparations: A Path to Healing

A Writers & Readers Workshop with YWCA Greater Cleveland

Once we know how much damage has been done, how do we begin to move forward and heal? YWCA Greater Cleveland’s President & CEO Margaret Mitchell believes that reparations is a key piece of the answer. Join this discussion about the long history of reparations, how some communities have already implemented reparations on a smaller scale, the landmark piece of legislation, House Bill 40, which, if passed, would establish a federal commission to study and develop reparations proposals and begin a national reckoning and a path towards restorative justice.

Thursday, June 17 | 4:30 p.m. via Zoom