James Baldwin

Wednesday: James Baldwin Birthday Party

Wednesday: James Baldwin Birthday Party

Aug. 2

It feels a little strange to throw a party to celebrate James Baldwin’s birthday. Not because he’s not worthy of celebration, but because the writer’s piercing, sometimes gloomy, always prescient observations about race in America were anything but a good time. His most notable works were ''Notes of a Native Son,” ''Nobody Knows My Name,” and ''The Fire Next Time.” The documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” based on an unfinished Baldwin work, made waves last year. Of it, City Paper contributor Angela N. Carroll wrote, “The overarching message of ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ which is both encouraging and profoundly depressing, is a specific call to action, a challenge for...

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