There is always something that stirs inside me when I pick up James Baldwin. I find it hard not only to be inspired by him veracious vocabulary and the fiery passion he puts into every sentence. Going into the class room I had anticipated a wide array of discussion topic since The Fire Next Time […]Read more "Reflection: James Balwin and how We View History"
“Black Belt” by Archibald John Motley Fear can be a funny thing. It can be both motivating and crippling for humans. In James Baldwin’s essay collection The Fire Next Time fear is the common denominator for why people act or not act as they do. It undercuts Christian kindness and love; it demands respect through […]Read more "Fear is Power"
“The only thing white people have that black people need, or should want, is power.”  “When a white man faces a black man, especially if the black man is helpless, terrible things are revealed.”  We recently witnessed one of these “terrible things” in the life and death of Trayvon Martin. James Baldwin and […]Read more "Trayvon Martin: Someday We’ll All Be Free"
This week for class, we read the works of two men known for their writings about racism and the African American experience: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, and Malcolm X’s autobiography. In their works they describe the transformational periods in their lives that […]Read more "Malcolm X and James Baldwin: Two Journeys to Truth"