Michael H. Cottman

Award-winning Journalist • Author • Contributor to NBC News Digital, offering unique insights about politics, race, civil rights issues, and the Trump administration’s policies regarding health care, education, immigration, and law enforcement.

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Cottman covers the 2016 presidential campaign and writes about the Obama administration, social justice issues, pop culture, and America's ever-changing multicultural landscape. Cottman has received numerous awards including journalism's highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize, which he earned with a team of reporters and editors at Newsday in 1992 for Newsday’s coverage of a deadly subway crash in New York. He also serves as a Senior Correspondent for BlackAmericaWeb.com, a division of Radio One/REACH Media, the nation's largest black-owned

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Dear Mr. Cottman, I just finished Shackles From the Deep, and I can’t wait to share it with my fellow teachers and students. I’ve never seen anything from this perspective before and it is much needed. I can’t imagine how you felt as you researched and followed the steps of this terrible part of history. I think it’s also important for my students to learn that there actually is a National Association of Black Scuba Divers, and zap, another stereotype smashed. I read with interest that you assisted with the development of theReal Pirates exhibit which I have enjoyed sharing with my classes. I was wondering if anyone has considered doing something along these lines with the artifacts from the Henrietta Marie?! This is a story that really needs to have the widest circulation possible, and I think it could have an incredible impact on students and adults alike. Again, thank you for this fascinating book and all of your hard work on the project, Carole Soden
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