‘James Baldwin left an incredible legacy in the hearts and minds of Black radicals in the United States. Memorably he wrote, “The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.” His life path exemplified these very words.
Born James Arthur Baldwin on August 2, 1924 in Harlem, New York, Baldwin came from a humble Black family and was one of nine children. His writings explored the intimate intricacies of race, class and sexual identity in imperial societies such as the United States.
He was inspired by the growing political rebellions of the time, such as the Harlem Riots and the organizing of the Civil Rights Movement, of which he was a part of.’
Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University 1965, on the question: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”
Civil Rights discussion 1963: James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte, Sydney Poitier: