Atlantic Exchange Conversation
Featuring John Legend
and The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates

December 2, 2016
New York City

Music has long had a special role in American democracy. Protest songs, fight songs, the national anthem and songs of hope, praise and idealism: singing has often defined our historic search for a more perfect Union, and connected us to our common humanity together. In an Atlantic Exchange conversation on the eve of the release of Darkness and Light, singer and social activist John Legend joined The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates to explore the power of music in shaping political discourse.

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