Happy Birthday James Baldwin
On this day in 1924, James Baldwin was born in New York City. Baldwin was an iconic American essayist, playwright, and novelist. His 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain was highly acclaimed for his insights on race, spirituality, and humanity. Baldwin’s other notable novels include Giovanni’s Room, Another Country, Just Above My Head, and the essay The Fire Next Time.
Baldwin is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest writers because of his exploration of racial and social issues through his work. Baldwin died on December 1, 1987, at his home in St. Paul de Vence, France.
Watch the archival film “Take This Hammer” to learn more about James Baldwin’s life as an activist and author in the 1960s.