James Baldwin's Literary Legacy

A panel discussion was held to recognize James Baldwin (1924-1987) and his place within the American literary canon. After the… read more

A panel discussion was held to recognize James Baldwin (1924-1987) and his place within the American literary canon. After the presentations, the panelists responded to questions from members of the audience. 

Moderator Herb Boyd is the author of Baldwin’s Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin (Atria, January 8, 2008). Quincy Troupe, the editor of James Baldwin: The Legacy (Touchstone Books, March 1989), conducted the last significant interview with James Baldwin. Amiri Baraka, an activist and author, was Baldwin’s literary heir. He talked about their mixed and contentious relationship. S. Pearl Sharp, a filmmaker and author of Black Women for Beginners, talked about Baldwin’s experiences in Hollywood. Cora Daniels, author of Ghettonation: A Journey into the Land of Bling and Home of the Shameless (Doubleday, 2007), talked about James Baldwin’s impact on the Hip-Hop generation.

“James Baldwin: Perspectives and Literary Legacy” was a program of the 10th annual Harlem Book Fair in the Langston Hughes Auditorium of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

The program opened and closed with a view of the street fair and a programming announcement. close

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*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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James Baldwin's Literary Legacy

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New York, New York, United States
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Jul 19, 2008

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