“The story of the negro in America is the story of America. It is not a pretty story.”
James Baldwin’s life and writing is the voice of this excellent documentary on race in America. Baldwin touches on the works of Medger Evers, Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X in the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Baldwin was born and raised in Harlem, New York and was a key activist during the movements as an essayist and writer.
His honesty and the direct nature of his writing and interviews bring out the hard truths of the African American experience in the United States.
“I can’t be a pessimist because I’m alive. To be a pessimist means that you have agreed that human life is an academic matter, so I’m forced to be an optimist. I’m forced to believe that we can survive whatever we must survive.”
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