The paradox of education is precisely this — that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. — James Baldwin, A Talk to Teachers
Novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic James Baldwin was born on Aug. 2, 1924, in Harlem, New York.
We suggest taking the time to read (or re-read) Baldwin’s “A Talk to Teachers,” “A Letter to My Nephew,” and/or “A Report from Occupied Territory” about police brutality. The prose below is from the 2018 film about Baldwin by Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro.
The photo above is from Selma’s Freedom Day, held soon after 32 African American school teachers had been fired because they attempted to register to vote, and a few weeks after the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in nearby Birmingham. Read a description by Howard Zinn of Freedom Day in Selma.