Heritage – James Baldwin

James-Baldwin

  • James Arthur Baldwin was born August 2, 1924 in Harlem, New York
  • Novelist, essayist, activist, playwright, poet
  • Graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1942
  • Awarded Eugene F. Saxton Memorial Trust Award in 1945
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain published in 1953
  • The Amen Corner published in 1954
  • Notes of a Native Son published in 1955
  • Giovanni’s Room published in 1956
  • Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son published in 1961
  • Another Country published in 1962
  • The Fire Next Time published in 1963
  • Awarded George Polk prize in 1963
  • No Name in the Street published in 1972
  • Professorship of Literature and Afro-American Studies at the Five College Network in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1983
  • La Légion D’Honneur, France’s highest honor, awarded by President François Mitterand in 1986
  • Died December 1, 1987 at the age of 67

Black Thought

james baldwin 2“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

James Baldwin

The knowledgeable gentleman is reconciled with the reality that anything worth the attempt of transforming could ultimately result in failure. Nevertheless, the very real possibility of failure does not deter or dissuade him from focusing his efforts to bring about change. He understands that change is not fully realized when absent an active catalyst. Please note: Fruitful, bountiful harvests are not born to barren soil. Work must be done. And so, if a gentleman desires to see a difference, he must ultimately commit himself to making a difference. A gentleman must steel his resolve and confront what needs to be confronted, failure be damned. So, the question for you is: What do you want to see changed, and just exactly what are you doing about it?

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