American Masters

James Baldwin: Writer, Teacher, Preacher

Clip: Season 4 Episode 4 | 54s

Words -- both written and spoken -- were James Baldwin's greatest gift to America and to people of all races all over the world. He knew how to electrify readers, his insights about what it meant to be black in America were both intimate and accessible. He preached brotherhood, not violence, with searing honesty; his truth was laced with pain and anger. But he never lost hope.

Aired: 08/22/13

Rating: NR

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