James Baldwin's America Reading & Discussion Series
The History Center in Tompkins County and the Africana Library at Cornell University will be offering a series of readings of the works by noted novelist, essayist, social critic and public intellectual James Baldwin. Participants will be reading selections from Baldwin's Collected Essays. This is a compilation of the complete book of essays of Baldwin's early works. Included in this collection are Notes of a Native Son (1955), Nobody Knows My Name (1961), The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972) and The Devil Finds Work (1972). Baldwin once wrote, "It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive." It is hoped that this series will give people a chance to gain a greater understanding of humanity. Included in this series are the showing of two films which highlight the work and contributions of Baldwin, James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket and I Am Not Your Negro. The series will run over a six week period.
Eric Acree is Director of the Africana Library, Cornell University, and Trustee at The History Center in Tompkins County.