James Baldwin's Last Words
Oh, how I'd like to hear James Baldwin's voice, alive and well, still narrating our conditioned reality or just reading the news of the day. I honestly think it would help us assess the shape of things, especially now in the Trump era where there only appears to be bad news and really, really bad news.
Some good news though:
James Baldwin’s unfinished work Remember This House has been brought back to life in Raoul Peck’s most recent documentary film I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO. With the help of Samuel L. Jackson’s voice, Baldwin’s original words cull a deep examination of the black experience in America.
I get the sense from the trailer we're to be carried through the intimate reminiscences of his dear friends Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X. It is a powerfully succinct assessment of the three leaders and their assassinations, that makes a direct link from the civil rights movement of Baldwin's time to the Black Lives Matter movement of today.
This work came out of Baldwin's thirty page manuscript, and as his final testament it looks to resonate in confrontation of the American condition. Suffice to say, I'm anxious to see it.
Watch the trailer here: