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James Coleman was one of the kindest people I have ever met. He welcomed me into the UNC family and became a model of hard work and care. I always marveled at his productivity. A pioneering scholar of twentieth-century African American writing, he was always completing one book and starting a new one, but he always had time to mentor his students and junior faculty. He was an ideal colleague, and the world feels a little less bright and warm without him.