A Letter to My Nephew

In this timely letter, James Baldwin writes a letter to his nephew James. Baldwin is referring to the climate of the 1960s for Black men, while responding to the fact that it has been 100 years since the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. This further situates the time during which Black men have progressed in this country, while not progressing at all. James Baldwin is a key figure in the Black Arts Movement that came out of the climate of the civil rights movement. This piece is an example of how literature and the arts responded to history.
James Baldwin
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