James Baldwin
A portrait of James Baldwin.

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 - December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western society, most notably in regard to the mid-twentieth-century United States. (Wikipedia)

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Civil Rights
James Baldwin discusses political power.

The historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: "Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?" Baldwin eloquently discusses the process of attaining political power in the US and how Black citizens are kept from power.

James Baldwin discusses police brutality.

Baldwin has an open discussion on racial prejudice, civil rights activism and policing on the Dick Cavett show in 1969. 

 
 
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Literature
Black culture in white America.

James Baldwin speaks with Nikki Giovanni about a race, gender and literature.