Aug. 2, 2019

August 2, 1924 James Baldwin Was Born

Today August 2, 1924, we celebrate the 95th birthday of James Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin was one of the most prolific writers ever. His seminal works like Fire Next Time and Go Tell It To The Mountain are indeed all-time favorites for readers of all races. Today, I take you back 56 years to the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. When James Baldwin wrote this remarkable letter defining his blackness to his young nephew.

On the centennial anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, James Baldwin wrote this letter to his then 15-year-old nephew it is a letter that every American should read no matter their color or creed. Its contents are still relevant today 54 years after it was first published in Jame Baldwin's powerful book The Fire Next Time. We all must understand the savagery​ and senselessness of racism and bigotry​. Otherwise, we're doomed continuing to repeat the insanity of racial hatred.​