Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde

The Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts republished this conversation between iconic Black thinkers James Baldwin and Audre Lorde on their Tumblr page. The conversation took place at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and was was originally published in ESSENCE in 1984.The dialogue reveals the importance of recognizing that shared racial histories cannot overshadow the divergent […]

James Arthur Baldwin: word warrior

By Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal  James Baldwin He was born in Harlem Hospital, New York, on Aug. 2, 1924; oddly enough, the same year that my mother was born in the South. His name, at birth, was James Arthur Jones, to a mother blessed with the gift of fertility; and to a father he would […]

James Baldwin, Remembered on His 93rd Birthday

Baldwin challenged continuing legacies of colonialism both inside and outside of the United States. | Photo: MDC Archives James Baldwin was a writer and political activist from Harlem, New York. He explored issues that challenged U.S. empire, racism and homophobia. James Baldwin left an incredible legacy in the hearts and minds of Black radicals in […]

Philly School Holds 3-Day Focus on James Baldwin

The Saturday Free School, a center of community organizing and transformative political thought and study, will celebrate the life of James Baldwin on July 7, 8 and 9, at Philadelphia’s historic Church of the Advocate. The legendary author, essayist and playwright, who died in 1987, “is one of the most important thinkers of our time,” said […]

A LOOK INSIDE JAMES BALDWIN’S 1,884 PAGE FBI FILE

VIA ARCADE MEMOS ON “ALIASES,” SEXUALITY, AND THE BLOOD COUNTERS By William J. Maxwell   Baldwin and His “Aliases” June 1964 Baldwin was “Jimmy” to most of his friends and to himself as well when he meditated on the various aspects of his personality. The numerous “strangers called Jimmy Baldwin,” he observed of his own diversity, included […]

A Letter to My Nephew

by James Baldwin January 1, 1962   James Baldwin’s thoughts on his nephew’s future—in a country with a terrible history of racism— first appeared in The Progressive magazine in 1962. Over 50 years later his words are, sadly, more relevant than ever.   Dear James: I have begun this letter five times and torn it […]

Righteousness and Dignity: Thoreau, Malcolm X and the Crisis of Leadership in Amerika

by KIM C. DOMENICO One rarely hears words like righteousness and dignity in conversations among those on the secular, progressive left.  Unfortunately, in sidelining those words, along with honor, virtue, and even goodness,  with their serious religious and moral overtone, we have demeaned exactly the human qualities needed to respond to the dire and threatening […]

James Baldwin’z Black Queer Legacy

What the documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ does and doesn’t get right James Baldwin: But that demands redefining the terms of the western world… Audre Lorde: And both of us have to do it; both of us have to do it… James Baldwin: But you don’t realize that in this republic the only real crime […]