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James Baldwin

Baldwin vs Buckley

Debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, October 26, 1965. Sponsored by the Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge University. The topic of the debate was "The American Dream is at the Expense of the American Negro".

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Baldwin's Nigger

A striking portait of the writer James Baldwin at his sharp-witted best, addressing a group of radical West Indian students in 1960s London. Accompanied by comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, Baldwin discusses what it means to be black in America, comparing it to the experience of the British Black community. Produced and directed by Horace Ove. 1969. 44 min. Online Access through LFLFC .

I am Not Your Negro (2016)

Directed by Raoul Peck. Using James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, Remember This House, this documentary follows the lives and successive assassinations of three of the author's friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., delving into the legacy of these iconic figures and narrating historic events using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material.

[Baldwin, James] James Baldwin.[Sound recording]

This collection of James Baldwin's speeches, talks and readings includes rare recordings made between 1962 and 1968, one of the most turbulent periods in American history. Disc 1. After the murder of four children (September 25, 1963) -- Men and women in the arts concerned with Vietnam (March 16, 1968) -- Talk at the San Francisco Masonic Auditorium (1961). Disc 2. The artist's struggle for integrity (September 1962) -- Short stories: readings from his second novel, "Giovanni's Room" (October, 1963) -- Interview with James Baldwin by Elsa Knight Thompson & John Leonard (May 7, 1963).

[Baldwin, James] James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket.

Presents a look at the life and influence of author James Baldwin, at once a major twentieth century American author, a Civil Rights activist and, for two crucial decades, a prophetic voice calling Americans, Black and white, to confront their shared racial tragedy. Through interviews with writers and friends, this documentary captures the passionate intellect and courageous writing of a man who was born Black, impoverished, gifted and gay. 1990. 87 min.

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[Baldwin, James] Patience and Shuffle the Cards: James Baldwin at U.C. Berkeley 1981

"A celebration of the ideas of James Baldwin, punctuated by original music and a ride through the city of Oakland during one of his visits. Also includes additional excerpts from his work read by Professor Erskine Peters, and an illuminating speech by Baldwin." 98 min.