I am really excited to be part of the James Baldwin discussion series being hosted by the NY Humanities Council this fall. Grant Cooper and I will be facilitating a five-part community discussion series on the writings of Baldwin in collaboration with Success Academies charter schools in New York City (Baldwin’s home town!)
From the Humanities Council web site:
“As is the inevitable result of things unsaid, we find ourselves until today oppressed with a dangerous and reverberating silence,” James Baldwin wrote in the essay “Many Thousands Gone.” The essay was part of Baldwin’s first, most powerful collection Notes of A Native Son, first published 60 years ago. To commemorate this anniversary, the Council is announcing a special Reading & Discussion program for adults based on Baldwin’s writings.
The collision between America’s democratic ideals and our racial history has always been fraught, but we are presently in an acute moment of racial and social tension, one that threatens to shut down productive dialogue. More than any other American author, Baldwin speaks to both the promise and failures of American democracy. With this new Reading & Discussion program we aim to provide citizens throughout New York State the opportunity to engage in substantive conversations about race and American society through Baldwin’s writings.”
Look for more information in the fall!
In the meantime, enjoy this clip with James Baldwin and Dick Gregory.