Action of the Day - Happy Birthday, James Baldwin!
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About the Event
James Baldwin was a LGTBQIA Black activist who paved the way for racial equity activists. He never ceased exploring what it means to a Black man in America. Read below for more information about this revered moral essayist.
James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western society, most notably in regard to the mid-twentieth-century United States. Some of Baldwin's essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award–nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro (2016). One of his novels, If Beale Street Could Talk, was adapted into an Academy-Award-winning dramatic film of the same name in 2018, directed and produced by Barry Jenkins.
Watch a clip about his experience in his own words here.
Purchase his most celebrated novel, Notes from a Native Son, here.
Prepare discussions about this American literary genius and activsit for friends and for your classroom, here.