“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”
- Name: James Baldwin
- Pronouns: He/Him
- Born: August 2, 1924
- Died: December 1, 1987
- From: New York, New York
- Occupation: Writer
- Works: “The Fire Next Time” (1963), “Go Tell it on the Mountain” (1953), “Giovanni’s Room” (1956)
- Awards: Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
- Interesting Facts: James Baldwin was one of the two publicly gay men of the civil rights movement.
James Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. Baldwin’s novels, short stories, and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures. Themes of masculinity, sexuality, race, and class intertwine to create intricate narratives that run parallel with some of the major political movements toward social change in mid-twentieth-century America, such as the civil rights movement and the gay liberation movement.
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