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1074 || James Baldwin's Pin Drop Speech

Make Your Damn Bed

14-02-2024 • 8 mins

Today's words are brought to you by the badass James Baldwin at a speech that is wildly still relevant today.


"What is crucial here is that unless we can manage to accept, establish some kind of dialog between those people whom I pretend have paid for the American dream and those other people who have not achieved it, we will be in terrible trouble. I want to say, at the end, the last, is that is that is what concerns me most. We are sitting in this room, and we are all, at least I’d like to think we are, relatively civilized, and we can talk to each other at least on certain levels so that we could walk out of here assuming that the measure of our enlightenment, or at least, our politeness, has some effect on the world. It may not."


RESOURCES:

Readings: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/~cavitch/pdf-library/Baldwin_NewLost.pdf

Recordings: https://ia903003.us.archive.org/21/items/FreeAndBraveASpeechByJamesBaldwin1963/James%20Baldwin%20-%20Pin%20Drop%20Speech.mp3

Articles: https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/harlems-james-baldwin-pin-drop-speech-cambridge-university-1965-video/

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/12/james-baldwin-william-f-buckley-debate/602695/

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