James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924–1987) was an American essayist, poet, social critic, and novelist. 

James Baldwin's thoughts on his nephew's future—in a country with a terrible history of racism— first appeared in The Progressive magazine in 1962. Over 50 years later his words are as powerful as ever. Read more

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Allan Warren

We turned to some leading thinkers and social justice activists to ask how we must reckon with prejudice to make a society that serves us all. Read more

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Erin Robinson

As a baby, you knew nothing of the definitions the world was going to press onto you later in life—black, female, Southern. The world had not yet told you who you were, who you could or should be. You just were. Read more


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From If Beale Street Could Talk

Finally, James Baldwin’s big screen U.S. debut. Read more

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Baldwin gazed upon the racial topography of early-1960s America and saw not a dreamscape of possibility, but a sobering and ongoing nightmare. Read more