On James Baldwin’s 90th birthday, was he the Malcolm X of 20th century literature?

I need to look more into his work. I didn’t even know about him. And I agree with his statement. “I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. ~James Baldwin” And thank God we have the freedom to do that in this country.

Beyond Mere Blackness: To Build a book about mixed-race movie characters

August 2nd marks what would have been James Baldwin’s 90th birthday.  Columbia University and New York Live Arts are collaborating on a year-long commemoration of brother Baldwin’s artistic significance in order to acknowledge this year of his birthday.  It’s called James Baldwin, This Time!  With a Millennial vantage point on James Baldwin, his works and his circumstances imagine his happiness with the progress of Civil Rights.

But Anglos (read: white people) weren’t his favorites.  To them, comfort zones and keeping up appearances are sacrosanct, and are more vital to the status quo than justice. Baldwin called them on that. And people paid attention. When you consider Mr. Baldwin in The Age of Obama I think it’s inevitable to reflect on his opinions about race, about reality of being black in a proudly white world, and his hope that America would mature and realize the meaning of its creed.

Mr. Baldwin…

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