Image Description: James Baldwin addresses the crowd after participating in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in support of voting rights in March 1965. (Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images)
The Racial Justice Advocates of the First Parish in Lincoln are happy to announce FPL’s summer reading choices that, together, comprise our “James Baldwin Summer.” Our two books for the summer are (1) a powerful essay by Baldwin, The Fire Next Time and (2) Baldwin’s first novel, often thought to be his finest, Go Tell it on the Mountain.
James Baldwin, a brilliant writer and social thinker, helps to form a basis for our understanding of racial issues. We have chosen two books by Baldwin for us to read together, and, of course, feel free to read other James Baldwin books. It will all lead to our greater understanding.
And if you want to read a scholarly book about James Baldwin, read Princeton Professor and scholar, Eddie Glaude’s book, Begin Again.
Stay tuned for announcements of when we will meet to discuss the books and to see a James Baldwin-based film, I Am Not Your Negro.
Descriptions of these books: