Commandant (DCMS-DPR-5)
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Stop 7907
Washington, D.C. 20593-7907


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


A more recent example of finding purpose and our ties to the communities in which we live and serve is through Ta-Nehisi Coates’ memoir "Between the World and Me". Written as a letter to his son, Coates reflects on our Nation’s racial history and explores the lives of African Americans today. The themes of identity, trust and respect – this last one being an idea so foundational to the Coast Guard it is one of our Core Values. Coates’ personal perspectives struck a chord and his testament is eye opening and thought provoking.