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James Baldwin

“If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.”
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If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.

— James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a celebrated and prolific literary figure, activist, public intellectual and openly gay Black man whose work focused on the lethal and illogical state of race relations in the United States. For years Baldwin lived in Europe but returned to the U.S. to engage prominently in the civil rights movement.

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