Novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, human and civil rights activist James Baldwin born on August 2, 1924 was loved by many for his no-nonsense, straight to the point approach in dealing with the social inequities during his lifetime and sadly still exist today.

 

His essays, collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in the Western society of the United States during the mid twentieth-century. Some of Baldwin's essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award–nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro (2016). One of his novels, If Beale Street Could Talk, was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film of the same name in 2018, directed and produced by Barry Jenkins. Baldwin died on December 1, 1987.

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