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Sunday, August 4, 2019

2:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
United States

The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a double film screening honoring the life, intellect and activism of James Baldwin. This program is free and open to the public.

I really do believe that we can all become better than we are. I know we can. But the price is enormous, and people are not yet willing to pay it.   James Baldwin

Program Narrative

Were he alive, James Arthur Baldwin would turn 95 years old on August 2, 2019. Many of us are familiar with his name. Others of us may have read his books in school. Most of us still are not aware of the depth of his intellect nor the expansiveness of his activism.

In honor of and respect for a man few of us truly know and understand, we offer two films that will help viewers better appreciate the life and work of James Baldwin. A tremendous force of the 20th century, Baldwin’s voice, keen insights and commitment to social justice are in desperate need today.

About the Films

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (86 mins.)

An emotional portrait, a social critique, and a passionate plea for human equality, James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket is now considered a classic. Without using narration, the film allows Baldwin to tell his own story–exploring what it means to be born Black, impoverished, gay and gifted – in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.”

I Am Not Your Negro (93 mins.)

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. When Baldwin died in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.

In this documentary, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into Black history that connects the past of the modern Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

NOTE: Limited free parking is available in the lot behind the library. You may secure a parking pass from the library’s concierge desk. Also, recording of any kind is not permitted at Baton Foundation events.


Registration is closed for this event.

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