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This Month's Spot Light shines on: Paul Coates

Paul Coates :: President of Black Classic Press

"What I appreciated most about the College was that it provided an environment that I could be comfortable in. I was with people who were my peers. The Faculty and staff made access into the Sojourner-Douglass family very easy. The spirit of the College reflected my own community-activist/ entrepreneurial spirit."

Biographical Statement:

W. Paul Coates is the founder and director of Black Classic Press, which specializes in republishing obscure and significant works by and about people of African descent. A leader in the field of small publishers, Coates founded BCP Digital Printing in 1995 to produce books and documents using digital print technology.

Coates formerly served as an African American Studies reference and acquisition librarian at Howard University´s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University (M.S.L.S.), and Sojourner-Douglass College. A former member and Maryland State coordinator of The Black Panther Party, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Black Panther Party Archives at Howard University.

Coates serves on the boards of The National Book Foundation, The Publishers Marketing Association, and Baltimore Reads. He is co-editor of Black Bibliophiles and Collectors: Preservers of Black History (Howard University Press, 1990). He formerly owned and operated The Black Book (1972 – 1978), a Baltimore based bookstore. His experience with the purchase, sale and collection, and publishing of books by and about Blacks is a love affair that has continued for more than three decades.

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