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"I imagined it as an intellectual biography of James Baldwin, but then I ran into this wall." Eddie S. Glaude Jr. talks about the violent incident that shaped his best seller, "Begin Again."

In a talk delivered to a group of educators in 1963, James Baldwin insisted that a more honest reckoning with history was necessary.

James Baldwin’s words speak to the Trump era in Eddie Glaude Jr.’s latest book on racial politics

James Baldwin was the fiercely eloquent voice of his generation. Does he also speak for ours?

Terrific interview with @esglaude  about James Baldwin and the current moment; . See Glaude's new book, Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.

"I imagined it as an intellectual biography of James Baldwin, but then I ran into this wall." Eddie S. Glaude Jr. talks about the violent incident that shaped his best seller, "Begin Again."

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor. —James Baldwin

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You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. JAMES BALDWIN

“You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.” - James Baldwin

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“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. #BlackLivesMatter  #July4th 

‘You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.’ James Baldwin, born #onthisday  in 1924

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“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” ~James Baldwin

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"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced" James Baldwin. On this day in 1987, James Baldwin passed away at the age of 63. While he may be gone, his work continues to influence and inspire millions of people including myself.

In our @MBK_Alliance  town hall yesterday, I mentioned James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time. From 1962, it remains a seminal meditation on race by one of our greatest writers and relevant for understanding the pain and anger behind the protests. Excerpt:

“If we were white — if we were Irish, Jews, PolesNat Turner would be a hero. If a white man stands up and says, ‘Give me liberty or give me death,’ the whole world applauds. If a black man says the exact same thing, he is treated as a criminal” James Baldwin

"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have" James Baldwin

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin

Let’s all take a beat & internalize this quote from the transcendent James Baldwin: “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”

"I can't believe what you say, because I see what you do." James Baldwin

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