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James Baldwin



James Baldwin (1924–1987) was an American novelist, essayist, poet, playwright, social critic, and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers and authors; his work often focused on the civil rights movement and the gay liberation movement.

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I Am Not Your Negro | James Baldwin on the Dick Cavett Show | Netflix

A segment from James Baldwin's brilliant response to a philosophy professor on a 1968 episode of The Dick Cavett Show from Raoul Peck's must-see documentary I Am Not Your Negro.

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Dark Days

Drawing on Baldwin's own experiences of prejudice in an America violently divided by race, these searing essays blend the intensely personal with the political to envisage a better world.

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James Baldwin Insisted We Tell the Truth About This Country. The Truth Is, We’ve Been Here Before

In each generation we have to experience the haunting ritual of a Black family grieving in public over the loss of a loved one at the hands of the police.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIt was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.

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I Heard It Through the Grapevine

James Baldwin retraces his time in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, reflecting with his trademark brilliance and insight on the passage of more than two decades.

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James Baldwin - Pin Drop Speech

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The Fire Next Time

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. "Basically the finest essay I’ve ever read. . . .

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FindCenter Quotes ImageLove does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle; love is a war; love is a growing up.

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James Baldwin on the Black Experience in America

From a 1960 Canadian television interview, broadcaster Nathan Cohen talks to author James Baldwin about race relations and the black experience in the United States.

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Notes of a Native Son

In an age of Black Lives Matter, James Baldwin’s essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written.

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