Thursday, February 20, 2014

James Baldwin...Essayist, Playwright,Civil Rights Activist,Novelist and American Icon

Born on August 2, 1924, in Harlem,New York and raised by his mother and Pentecostal minister stepfather and briefly serving as youth minister himself, James Baldwin published the 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, going on to garner acclaim for his insights on race, spirituality,sexuality and humanity. Other novels included Giovanni's RoomAnother Country and Just Above My Head as well as essay works like Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time. Having lived in France, he died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul de Vence
imageimageimageTell Me How Long the Train's Been GoneGo Tell It on the Mountain