James Baldwin: Literary Hero

James Baldwin: Literary Hero


THE GREAT AMERICAN READ HAS BROUGHT ME HERE TO HARLEM, THE BIRTH PLACE OF PROLIFIC WRITER AND HERO, JAMES BALDWIN. HIS 1952 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER LIST, A BETTER COUNTRY LED HIM TO 100 MOST LOVED NOVELS. TIME AND EDUCATION HAVE CHANGED MUCH OF HARLEM FROM THE 1930s AND ’40s. THIS BUILDING BEHIEBD ME WAS A PLACE WHERE COMMON THINKERS ALSO CONG REIGATED. IT STILL REMAIN AS RESOURCE FOR THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA. AND HOME TO THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL WORKS FOR BALDWIN WHICH MAKES IT THE BEST PLACE TO EXPLORE HIS ROLE IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AS WELL AS THE GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT. LET’S GO INSIDE.>>THIS IS THE POPULAR EXHIBITION ABOUT THE BLACK POWER MOVEMENT. BUTTONS, FLYERS AND EVEN WANTED POSTERS FROM THE LATE 1960s. ON THE WALL IS ALSO A PICTURE OF AUTHOR, AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, JAMES BALDWIN. KEVIN YOUNG TOOK ME ON A TOUR OF THE CENTER AND SHOWED OFF HIS COLLECTIONS OF WORK BY WHAT SOME WOULD CALL A HERO OF HUMANITY.>>HERE’S A WANTED POSTER WHICH I THINK IS A REALLY POWERFUL POSTER. THAT’S ANGELA DAVIS. AND HERE WE HAVE JAMES BALDWIN WITH BOBBY SEAL IN THE SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY JAIL. AND BALDWIN’S RELATIONSHIP TO THE MOVEMENT I THINK IS REALLY INTERESTING. IT’S COMPLICATED, IT’S CRITICAL, SUPPORTIVE. IT’S ALL THE THING I COULDN’T SEE EXPECT OUT OF BALDWIN BECAUSE BALDWIN IS OF COURSE ENTRANCED FOR MOST OF THIS TIME BUT HE’S WRITING AND THINKING ABOUT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND THAT’S EXTENDED LIFE IN THE BLACK POWER MOVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.>>IT IS AN HONORABLE TRUTH ALL MEN ARE ARE BROTHERS. THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE. YOU CAN’T TAKE IT FROM THERE, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT LAT.>>HE WAS GREAT AT TALKING ABOUT BROTHER HOOD AND WE’RE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS. WE’RE ALL COMMUNICATING AND ALSO ENTER RELATED. HE’S TRYING TO HELP US UNDERSTAND THE WAY SEXUALITY AND RACE ARE TOGETHER AND HAVE LONG BEEN THAT WAY AND I THINK THAT CONECATIVITY AND CONSISTENCY IS VERY IMPORTANT. AND YOU SEE IT IN HIS ESSAYS.>>ONE OF HIS BEST SELLING WORKS OF FICTION IS SET IN THE EARLY 1960s SPANNING HARLEM AND FRANCE. MANY THEMES THAT WERE TAB OO TO TALK ABOUT, SUCH AS INTERRACIAL DATING. HE’S TALKED ABOUT THE PAIN AND JOY OF BEING IN LOVE AND REMEMBER THIS IS NEARLY 70 YEAR BUSINESS OR THE SUPREME COURT RULES TO GIVE SAME-SEX COUPLES THE RIGHT TO MARRY.>>I KNOW I LOVE PEOPLE AND PEOPLE LOVE ME.>>IT WAS A BOOK I READ IN COLLEGE. I THINK IT WAS VERY MUCH A BOOK THAT SPOKE TO ME AT THE TIME BUT IT THINGS ABOUT IDENTITY IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. IT THINKS ABOUT THE WAYS THE DEATH OF A BLACK MAN IN THIS CASE, IN THE NOVEL, CAN EFFECT OTHER PEOPLE. IT CERTAINLY IS THINKING ABOUT THE WAY BLACK LIVES MATTER AND IN THAT WAY IT’S A REALLY IN INTERESTING TIE TO OUR TIME.>>WE MAKE AN ACTIVE FAITH RISKING MY WOMAN, MY CHILDREN IN SOME IDEALISM I HAVE NEVER SEEN.>>MANY OF HIS FIERY INSIGHT SAID ARE BASED ON HIS TIME IN NEW YORK. IT WAS HIS WINDOW TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD AND HE WANTED TO BE A PART OF THE AND WRITE ABOUT IT. AND NOW THE VERY SAME PLACE JAMES BALDWIN’S SEEDS OF GREATNESS WERE PLANTED.>>THESE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITES TOO. THESE ARE NOTES FOR A NOVEL HE WAS WORKING. HERE IS MAKING NOTES ABOUT THE NOVEL ITSELF. THESE TWO HE CLEARLY WAS AT A BAR OR A CLUB THAT HAD A TWO-DRIRNG MINIMUM PER PERSON PER SET AND THIS ONE HAS A HOTEL STATIONARY AND IT GIFBS YOU A SENSE OF HIS TRAVELS, OF WHAT HE WAS UP TO BUT HE WAS WRITING ALL THE TIME. SOME ARGUE THAT PROLIFIC WRITER THAT DIED IN THE 1980s, THAT HIS POPULARITY HAS GROWN.>>I THINK BALDWIN WAS ALWAYS CENTRAL TO OUR UNDERSTANDING OF OURSELVES SOME OF THE IS PEOPLE HAVE REDISCOVERED HIS WRITINGS AND SEEN HOW PROFETIC, THEY ARE. AND YOU GET TO SEE BALDWIN’S WRITING UP CLOSE FROM HIS FIRST NOVEL ALL THE WAY TO HIS LAST WORKS, ONE OF HIS LAST PIECES WAS A PLAY CALLED “THE WELCOME TABLE” THAT NEVER GOT PRODUCED. AND TO HAVE THAT SCRIPT AND LOOK IT OVER IS REALLY POWERFUL. AND YOU GET TO SEE IN A BOOK LIKE “ANOTHER COUNTRY” THE WAY HE WORKED. HIS FIRST THOUGHT WAS OFTEN HIS BEST THOUGHT BUT IT’S BECAUSE HE’S THINKING AND THINKING AND THINKING. THEY’RE THE CLEANEST MANUSCRIPTS I’VE SEEN BECAUSE HE’S SO GOOD AT CONJURING THE BIBLICAL LANGUAGE. THE THOUGHTS OF THE CHURCH, THE THOUGHTS OF DARE I SAY A PROFIT, SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT THE
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