Friday, October 17, 1997

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  • Atonement and James Baldwin

    On the second anniversary of the Million Man March yesterday, Nation ofIslam leader Louis Farrakhan urged African Americans to say home on whathe called the Holy Day of Atonement. But today’s rhetoric of atonementstands in marked contrast to the righteous anger of the past. Today, we’regoing to take a special look back at the civil rights movement through thelens of author and activist James Baldwin. Among his works were Giovanni’sRoom and The Fire Next Time. But besides the novels and political tracts,Baldwin became a prominent political activist in the civil rights movement.

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