James Baldwin

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"I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain."

Very few people have been able to capture and translate the experience of Black Americans as eloquently as Harlem born, James Baldwin. Baldwin was born in 1924 and grew up in the height of the Harlem Renaissance, and showed an interest in this movement during his school years. Baldwin was not only able to capture his experience as a Black man in America, but he also chronicled his strained upbringing in the Black church and as a gay Black man. His literary works include novels, essays, poems, and plays. Baldwin went against the grain in his works, and included honest and compelling views on race, homosexuality, and homophobia. 

We pay homage to the brain child James Baldwin, and honor his contributions to Black and American artwork. His efforts in Civil Rights and literature still continue to influence Black Americans generations later. Living in tumultuous times allowed Baldwin to provide a unique, but raw perspective living in America, and decades later, we still feel the "rage" being Relatively Conscious as we continue the work of gaining equality for our people.


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