Genius Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates Shares A Playlist to Get You in the MLK Day Frame of Mind

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Here at BlackBook our level of obsession with the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates can’t be overstated. When he sent us this list of Bob Marley tracks to listen to today, we put them on repeat immediately. Marley is a man whose overwhelmingly positive message has inspired millions if not tens of millions (100s of millions?) to seek positive change in their communities the world over. So please take Coates’s advice, and give this playlist a spin…like, right now.

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BOB MARLEY, “WAR”

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BOB MARLEY, “ME AND DEM”

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BOB MARLEY, “WAKE UP AND LIVE”

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BOB MARLEY, “EXODUS”

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BOB MARLEY, “TRENCH TOWN”

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For more thought-provoking MLK Day culture, check out:

Star of ‘Selma’ Caremen Ejogo’s 5 Films Everyone Should Watch Today for MLK Day

Social Justice Writer and Activist Rebecca Carroll’s Cultural To-Do List for MLK Day

Filmmaker Stephen Winter’s Cultural To-Do List for MLK Day

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From the website of his Speaking Engagement Agency:

Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive voices in black America—and one of our best writers, period. With rich emotional depth and a sonar sense of how pop culture, politics, and history shape discussions of diversity, Coates is “the young James Joyce of the hip hop generation” (Walter Mosley). His Atlantic cover story on slavery and race, “The Case for Reparations,” is one of the most talked-about pieces of nonfiction in recent memory.