February 7, 2024

Black History Month - James Baldwin

James Baldwin

August 2, 1924 - December 1, 1987

  • Novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and African American social critic
  • Explored palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th century America
  • Fictionalized fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures, thwarting the equitable integration not only of Black people but also gay and bisexual men while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals' quests for acceptance
  • Became a spokesman for the Civil Rights Movement in 1963
  • Published a long essay, The Fire Next Time, in which he predicted the outbursts of Black anger to come

Learn More!
Poetry Foundation
Princeton University Department of African American Studies
The King Institute