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“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.” ~ James Baldwin

"... when you try to stand up and look the world in the face like you had a right to be here, you have attacked the entire power structure of the Western world.” (James Baldwin) #ThrowbackThursday .

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“I do not know what white Americans would sound like if there had never been any black people in the United States,” James Baldwin wrote in 1979, “but they would not sound the way they sound.”

"It comes as a great shock around the age of five, or six, or seven to discover that Gary Cooper killing off the Indians when you were rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians were you." -- James Baldwin. #ThrowbackThursday .

From James Baldwin to V. S. Naipaul, the Greatest Travel Writers Have Always Brought Multiple Perspectives

'“I do not know what white Americans would sound like if there had never been any black people in the United States,” James Baldwin wrote in 1979, “but they would not sound the way they sound."'

"The failure of the protest novel lies in its rejection of life, the human being, the denial of his beauty, dread, power, in its insistence that it is his categorization alone which is real and which cannot be transcended." -James Baldwin

How the women who shaped Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin shaped their sons’ revolutionary spirits.

"Reclaiming our humanity": New book tells the stories of the women who shaped Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin and their revolutionary spirits. - @NBCBLK 

At 9:40am, CNN host @donlemon  joins us to talk about James Baldwin, his experience growing up gay and Black in the south, and his role as a Black journalist in this moment of racial reckoning

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

"To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a state of rage almost all of the time." James Baldwin. #BreonnaTaylor 

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:

“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 

"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, 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 was James Baldwin who said, to be Black in America, “and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” My question is, why aren’t all people?“ Full speech in bio. #AmbassadorOfConscience 

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