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The late great James Baldwin on racism in America

“The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.”

— James Baldwin


James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelistplaywrightessayistpoet, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, but most notably in mid-20th-century United States.[1] Some of Baldwin’s essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award–nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro.[2]One of his novels, If Beale Street Could Talk, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning dramatic film in 2018 directed and produced by filmmaker Barry Jenkins.

James Baldwin
Baldwin in 1969
BornAugust 2, 1924
Harlem, New York City, U.S.
DiedDecember 1, 1987(aged 63)
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
Years active1947–1985
Notable workGo Tell It on the MountainGiovanni’s RoomNotes of a Native Son

Baldwin’s novels, short stories, and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures. Themes of masculinity, sexuality, race, and class intertwine to create complex narratives that run parallel with some of t

“”The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.”