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Anti-Racism Book Club - Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

Anti-Racism Book Club – Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

February 2 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday February 2 at the beginning of Black History Month.  We will discuss Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Begin Again is Glaude’s endeavor, following Baldwin, to bear witness to the difficult truth of race in America today. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.

This is the third of our Baldwin-related books – the Michael Eric Dyson book, What Truth Sounds Like, which begins with the conversation among Baldwin, RFK and various politicians, artists and activists; Baldwin’s own The Fire Next Time, composed of two letters that he wrote in 1962; and now, this book by Eddie Glaude, who writes about the lessons we can learn from Baldwin’s America. Participants need not have read the first two books in order to participate in this book group discussion, though we would like them to read this third book.


Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges our democracy face.  In his writings, the country’s complexities,  vulnerabilities, and the opportunities for hope come into full view.

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