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Sneak Peeks into James Baldwin on his 96th Birthday---His Famous Quotes

Sneak Peaks to James Baldwin on his 96th Birthday---His Famous Quotes

"Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."-- Remembering these great lines of the man, James Baldwin, on his 96th birthday, who fought through his sharp words against the racism floods of America.

Writer and playwright Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in Harlem, New York. One of the 20th century's greatest writers, Baldwin broke new literary ground with the exploration of racial and social issues in his many works. He was especially known for his essays on the Black experience in America.

Baldwin came back to the United States from France in the early 1960s to take part in Dr. King's marches and protests. Baldwin did not believe in the separation of the races. He believed that we all have to live together and love each other, not as blacks and white, but as human beings.Jul 15, 1998

He wrote several essays on the movement, which were published in magazines including: Harper's, The New Yorker, and Mademoiselle. Baldwin later joined the Congress of Racial Equality, causing him to travel across the American South lecturing on his views of racial inequality.Jul 31, 2014

Germain-des-Prés, the oldest church in Paris. Baldwin lived in various hotels in this part of Paris's Left Bank during his early years in the city. Baldwin was only 24 when he arrived in Paris, with just $40 in his pocket. He had left America to escape racism.Jan 19, 2014

James Baldwin Quotes
  • Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
  • It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
  • To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
  • I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
  • People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
  • I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
  • Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

He died of lung cancer in 1983 at the age of 55. Daniel describes his acting brothers as Alec being the big star, Stephen the born-again Christian, Billy the popular one with the girls, and he being the troublemaker.James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" begins in a way we call in medias res. This means he begins in the middle of his story. From there, the story goes back and forth in time. Beginning this way draws the reader in well as we wonder who this person is, what he has read about in the paper, and what will happen next.

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