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Celebrating James Baldwin



Guest host LeVar Burton presents a program celebrating the author he calls “potent and polemical.” First, Christopher Jackson reads Baldwin’s famous letter “My Dungeon Shook." Next, Anthony Rapp performs an excerpt from Giovanni's Room, in which an ex-pat comes to terms with his sexuality and loneliness in Paris. And Baldwin contemplates The Great Migration in his novel Go Tell It on the Mountain. We hear an excerpt performed by Charlayne Woodard.

The program includes remarks by Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation.

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