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James Baldwin

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Today would’ve been legendary playwright and civil rights activist, James Baldwin‘s 94th birthday. It’s sad to think that we’re still seeking justice for the same issues Baldwin was fighting for 40 years ago.

If he were here today, he’d probably feel that although we’ve come a long way as a nation — not much has changed. However, his life is proof that when you write something down on paper, your legacy far transcends your time here in the physical.

@Common: Wishing a very Happy Birthday to the legend and icon James Baldwin! He may be gone but his work continues to inspire millions of people around the world. RIP.

@MichaelEricDyson: aldwin inspired me to read between the lines and beneath the surface, reading me into black manhood with the wise counsel and steady affection of a big brother or loving father.” One of the greatest sages, prophets and seers we have ever known. Happy birthday!

@Marclamonthill: Happy 95th Birthday to one of my heroes, the incomparable James Baldwin. Selfishly, I wish he could have lived longer so that I could have had the honor of meeting him. But I also can’t help but think about how desperately the world presently needs his mind, his voice and his witness.

Rest In Peace, Uncle Jimmy


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