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Celebrating James Baldwin


Baldwin James Main

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." James Baldwin

A show celebrating the American essayist, novelist, playwright and social critic who became an important voice through writing passionately about racial discrimination, spirituality and humanity.


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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