It is an honor to invite you to an event with the renowned photographer, documentarian, and activist Steve Shapiro, who will be discussing the illustrated version of Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, to which he contributed the photographs, with Eddie Glaude. Glaude's eagerly awaited book on Baldwin will be out next spring.
First published in 1963, James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time stabbed at the heart of Americas so-called Negro problem. As remarkable for its masterful prose as for its frank and personal account of the black experience in the United States, it is one of the most passionate and influential explorations of 1960s race relations, weaving thematic threads of love, faith, and family into a candid assault on the hypocrisy of the land of the free.
Now, James Baldwin's rich, raw, and ever relevant prose is reprinted with more than 100 photographs from Steve Schapiro, who traveled the American South with Baldwin for Life magazine. The encounter thrust Schapiro into the thick of the movement, allowing for vital, often iconic, images both of civil rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Jerome Smith.
American photojournalist Steve Schapiro has documented six decades of American culture, from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy to Andy Warhol's Factory and the filming of The Godfather trilogy. He has published a dozen books of his photographs, has exhibited his work in shows from Los Angeles to Moscow, and is represented in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, among others. Eddie Glaude is a renowned scholar and public intellectual as well as Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Princeton. He is best known for his books Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America.
Also joining the conversation will be Daniel Baldwin, nephew of James Baldwin. Daniel was born in 1973 and grew up on the Upper West Side in New York City. Daniel will be sharing memories and personal experience of his family and Uncle, James Baldwin.
This event is sponsored by Labyrinth Books, the Princeton Public Library and the Paul Robeson House of Princeton