Aug 19, 2014 — Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.
May 4, 2014 — In response to racist comments made by rancher Cliven Bundy and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, poet Saeed Jones recommends picking up a new collection of James Baldwin's poems.
Dec 28, 2013 — When author Chris Abani was a boy, he was miserable at Catholic seminary and he felt like an outsider in his own family. One summer break, at home in Afikpo, he discovered James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room. The tragic, taboo love story made young Abani feel that at last he'd found someone who understood how out of place he felt in his own life.
Aug 19, 2010 — The writer once said about his fellow Americans, "It is astonishing that in a country so devoted to the individual, so many people should be afraid to speak." Baldwin was African-American and openly gay — but he was not afraid to speak, and his writings challenged black and white readers alike.
Sep 4, 2007 — When writer Eboo Patel felt rejected by America, he took comfort in James Baldwin's essays. He was surprised to find that Baldwin's writing helped him accept the country in a different light.