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At The Height Of The Civil Rights Movement, Writer James Baldwin Responds To A Powerful Letter Of Praise
JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987). Baldwin was an American writer known his works concerning racism and society in mid-century America. TLS. 1pg. February 1, 1963. N.p. A brief typed letter signed “James Baldwin”, written in reply to a powerful letter in praise of Baldwin’s writing at the height of the civil rights movement. “Dear Mr. Hughes, Thanks for such a kind and warm letter. It is always a pleasure to hear from good people. Gods Speed. Sincerely, James Baldwin”. The letter to which Baldwin was responding is also included. Dated January 5, 1963 in New York City, it reads: “Dear Mr. Baldwin: We are not black, we are not white, we are human. Your love and my love are one, I can not but love you. Thank you for what is the most profound – tragic and beautiful – commentary on the American tragedy that has ever been read by these eyes. Why so? Because we, you and I and untold millions, are there, here, now, right in the middle of that drama, and the climax of our drama will soon unfold, for better or for worse, as you well know. Some weeks ago the unforgetable [sic] – I repeat, unforgetable [sic] – spectacle of the German concentration camps was again presented to me. My only sad reply was that on this very night a Southern church had been set ablaze with two dozen children in it. One can not but feel remorse for the whole human lot whose fatality seems to be cruelty even beyond immediate technical means. Yes, Mr. Baldwin, the American dream – and life – must be re-examined, must be re-evaluated, in short, must become mature. But how? Is your voice alone i … [Click Below for Full Description]
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