James Baldwin believed that America has been lying to itself since its founding. He wrote, spoke, and thought incessantly about the societal issues that still exist today. As the United States continues to reckon with its history of systemic racism and police brutality, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. guides us through the meaning and purpose of James Baldwin's work and how his words can help us navigate the current moment.
If you would like to read more on the topic, here's a list:
- Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- James Baldwin by David A. Leeming
[Originally published on April 29, 2021 via NPR Throughline]