James Baldwin

Cameron Art Museum holding summer events including James Baldwin commemoration

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The Cameron Art Museum is holding a commemoration of James Baldwin, a webinar discussion and more in the month of August. CAM will host a webinar discussion on “The American Dream and the American Negro” by James Baldwin for free on Tuesday, August 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. Historian Lettie Gore, historian Dr. Tara White, Speak Ya Peace’s Mahlaynee Nicole and Deputy Director Heather Wilson will host the discussion in preperation for the upcoming celebration.
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James Baldwin and Social Justice

Sometimes, we struggle to tell the truth—especially when it's the truth about ourselves. Why did James Baldwin believe that telling the truth about ourselves is not only difficult but can also be dangerous? How can truth deeply unsettle our assumptions about ourselves and our relations to others? And why did Baldwin think that this abstract concept of truth could play a concrete role in social justice? The Philosophers seek their own truth with Christopher Freeburg from the University of Illinois, author of Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life. Sunday 7/31 at 11 am.

A reenacted dialogue between Black activist writers James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni on race and responsibility in Off-Broadway’s ‘Lessons in Survival: 1971’ at The Vineyard

During the pandemic closure of theaters in 2020, the grassroots theater collective The Commissary was formed. Its members gathered remotely each Wednesday on their digital devices to read plays and to investigate new material. When the news of the horrific death of George Floyd broke, actor Kyle Beltran (In the Heights; The Cherry Orchard) introduced the group to a resonant historic video from the 1970s that would inspire them to create an online anthology series called Lessons in Survival, exploring “difficult conversations on the path to collective liberation.”

Reading The Legacies of Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin

A new play at the Vineyard Theatre dramatizes a 1971 interview between Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin. Before hearing about that play, we wanted to first discuss the influence of both writer's works, including a reading list to those who may not be familiar. Lynn Lobash, assistant director of Reader Services at New York Public Library, joins us to discuss.
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On Domesticity and Memory in James Baldwin and Becky Suss

In 1976, James Baldwin published his first and only children’s book, Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood—a collaboration with French artist and illustrator Yoran Cazac. Described on its jacket cover as a “child’s story for adults,” the book drew on Baldwin’s own difficult experiences growing up as a Black boy in Harlem, though it was written partly at the request of another young, Black, New York City “little man.” Baldwin’s nephew, Tejan, would often ask his famous uncle when he would ever write a book about him, to which Baldwin responded in the form of the story’s four-year-old protagonist, TJ. The book, however, was not well-received upon publication.

‘Hacks’ Star Carl Clemons-Hopkins Playing James Baldwin in ‘Lessons in Survival: 1971’ Opposite Crystal Dickinson (EXCLUSIVE)

Click here to read the full article. Vineyard Theatre has announced the casting and design team for the upcoming premiere of “Lessons in Survival: 1971.” Carl Clemons-Hopkins will play novelist James Baldwin alongside Theatre Award Winner Crystal Dickinson as renowned poet Nikki Giovanni. “Lessons in Survival: 1971″ follows a 1971 interview of Baldwin conducted by Giovanni. Their conversation on America’s first “Black Tonight Show” proved to be a profound dialogue on race and liberation in America. Now, building on the digital exploration of 2020’s “Lessons in Survival,” this live staging will explore the layers of intimacy and ideas between two Black revolutionary artists of different generations. Clemons-Hopkins is...

The women who raised Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin

This Mother’s Day weekend, we are joined by local author and mom Anna Malaika Tubbs. Her new book, “The Three Mothers,” shines a light on the difficult and often overlooked work of Black mothers, while exploring the lives of the women who birthed and raised Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin.