James Baldwin and African American Literature

February 06, 1997
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James Baldwin, the author of Giovanni’s Room and The Fire Next
Time, was one of the giants of African American literature. But he
was also a noted political activist. Today, we here a classic
speech from Baldwin recorded back in 1963, one month after the
historic March on Washington and just days after the Birmingham,
Alabama, church bombing that claimed the lives of 6 young black
children.

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JAMES BALDWIN, a giant of African-American literature and the
author of The Fire Next Time, Baldwin was born in 1924 in Harlem,
New York.