Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of Between the World and Me, a memoir he wrote in the form of a letter to his teenage son, Samori, about how to live as a black man in a racist society. Coates grew up in notoriously dangerous West Baltimore, Maryland during the 1980s. (Read our extended character analysis of Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

Kenyatta Matthews

Kenyatta Matthews is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s partner (later his wife) and Samori’s mother. In the memoir, Coates refers to her first as “the girl from Chicago” and then, since the book is written as a letter addressed to Samori, as “your mother.” (Read our extended character analysis of Kenyatta Matthews.)

Prince Jones

Prince Carmen Jones was one of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s and Kenyatta Matthews’s friends and Howard University classmates. After leaving Howard, while living in Prince George’s County, Maryland, with Kenyatta and their young son, Samori, Coates learned from an article in the Washington Post that Prince Jones had been killed by a PG County police officer. (Read our extended character analysis of Prince Jones.)

Mable Jones

Dr. Mable Jones is Prince Jones’s mother. Wanting to know more about Prince and about the impact his death has had on the lives of his loved ones, Ta-Nehisi Coates visits her in Part III of Between the World and Me. (Read our extended character analysis of Mable Jones.)

Samori Coates

Samori is...

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