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 was the fiercely eloquent voice of his generation. Does he also speak for ours?
Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor. —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
“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. 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.
“If we were white — if we were Irish, Jews, Poles — Nat 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