Humanist Profile: James Baldwin

Tagged: atheism / history / humanism / LGBTQ profiles James Baldwin, known for his trenchant writing on race, class, and identity, and his involvement in the civil rights movement, in their series highlighting influential black humanists during Black History Month:

In his review of [I Am Not Your Negro] published at, Sincere Kirabo wrote, “Baldwin’s poetic potency proves timeless as it continues to enter our core, cozy up to our beliefs, confront harmful opinions we have of the world and others, and demand a more just reckoning.” While Baldwin never reached the same level of notoriety as other civil rights leaders, the film shines a light on a man who was, first and foremost, an artist in search of the truth. In his words, “Life is more important than art, that’s what makes art important.”

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