From the archive: James Baldwin speech at the University of California at Berkeley (1979)

Issues of anti-Black racism and policing are top of mind these days. We [white folks] need to do better.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?170651-1/james-baldwin-speech

In this 1979 speech, James Baldwin talked about being a black writer, about the civil rights movement, and other topics. James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. 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.

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