James Baldwin On “Beautiful” Harlem Streets NY 1963

September 30, 2016

In his speech and writings, James Baldwin describes a bleak, lonely, hungry exile in which he and all American blacks, whatever their station and fortune, go from dawn to dusk in constant terror. His early exile began in Harlem's streets which he later said were filled with beautiful black people despoiled by the pressure of the white world. He is shown walking on a street in New York, June 19, 1963. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff)

Novelist, playwright, and essaying James Baldwin on the street of his hometown in Harlem, New York, June 3, 1963.

james-baldwin1James Baldwin describes a bleak, lonely, hungry exile in which he and all American blacks, whatever their station and fortune, go from dawn to dusk in constant terror. His early exile began in Harlem’s streets which he later said were filled with “beautiful black people” despoiled by the pressure of the white world.


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He is shown walking on a street taken the same year he wrote the book of essays, The Fire Next Time.

AP Photo/Dave Pickoff.


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