James Baldwin

James Baldwin died November 30, 1987, twenty years ago today. I was having a traumatic semester and I did not take note of his passing, but he has always been one of my favorite writers, so I will take note of it today. This post is intended as a James Baldwin Video Aggregator.

CSPAN Baldwin Video Clip List
GLBT James Baldwin (ad for GLBT History Month)
I Am Not a Nigger. I Am a Man (PBS American Experience)
James Baldwin (short overview of his life with jazzy background)
James Baldwin on Malcolm X (live interview 1 – key archival footage)
James Baldwin: They Don’t Think I’m Human (live interview 2)
James Baldwin: Urban Renewal is Negro Removal (live interview 3)
Letter to My Young Brotha (by bygINCpresents)
Me and James Baldwin: Down on the Cross (also by bygINC)
The Price of the Ticket (description of complete video program)
The Price of the Ticket (buy from California Newsreel)

Audio Lagniappe:

Baldwin at Berkeley High and at UC Berkeley, 1974 and 1979

Do you know of any audio or video to add? Did you know Baldwin has a MySpace page? Here is what the New York Times has written about Baldwin over the years.


9 thoughts on “James Baldwin

  1. Pacifica Archives has a recording of the speech he gave after the four young girls were killed in that church – amazing. Over the years, I have bought a number of his speeches and interviews through the archive and drive around with Baldwin in car – it helps.

  2. Interesting coincidence with Marechera, although M. was younger of course. (I died in October 1991, I think.) Baldwin in car – that would help a great deal, I must do the same!

  3. Wow! Thanks, Professor Zero.

    Yes, I can definitely use these. Baldwin has always been one of my favorite, favorite writers.

    Totally engaged artist and compassionate human being.



  4. James Baldwin: Down from the Mountaintop
    Friday, December 7 at 8PM; Saturday, December 8 at 8PM; Sunday December 9 at 3PM followed by a panel discussion at 7PM
    The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

    Tony-Award nominee Calvin Levels will perform his acclaimed solo play, James Baldwin: Down from the Mountaintop, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary celebration of the life and legacy of the esteemed novelist, essayist, playwright and human rights activist James Baldwin. The Sunday, December 9th performance will benefit the Pacifica Radio Archives andwill be followed by a VIP reception at 5PM and a panel discussion at 7PM moderated by Amy Goodman, award-winning journalist and host of Pacifica’s Democracy Now! Panelists include Dr. Cornel West, Amiri Baraka, Sol Stein, Ekwueme Michael Thewell and Baldwin family members. The Schomburg Center is the same historical location where Baldwin educated himself as a youth growing up in Harlem. The performances will be filmed live before the Schomburg audience.

    Tickets on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 are $20-$40. On Sunday, December 9, tickets to the play only are $30-60, with packages ranging from $85 to $115 for the play, panel and reception. For tickets, call Telecharge at 212-239-6200 (inside the NY metro area) or 800-432-7250 (outside the NY metro area), or visit Telecharge.com.
    For additional information, please visit JamesBaldwinPlay.com or call

    Langston Hughes Auditorium, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street in Harlem, NYC 10036

  5. Thank you for this, Professor Zero. I am planning to teach Baldwin’s Fire Next Time next semester in a course on racism, and your list is a much needed resource that I would like to draw on. Baldwin is definitely one of my favorite thinkers and writers.

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