ART Protest | BACK IN THE DAY, James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley

Original Caption: James Baldwin, novelist and essayist, who has been elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the nation’s highest honor society of the arts. Undated publicity handout photograph.

In 1965, James Baldwin entered the doors of Cambridge University and debated William F. Buckley in a sea of whiteness. He never wavered from his ideologies about Blackness, civil rights, and the state of America. The debate is an intricate look at two men from different worlds…one is in tune with what is taking place in real time, and the other is relishing in his privilege. Get your favorite beverage, sit upright in your chair and get ready for the meeting of the minds.

Credit: The legendary debate that laid down US political lines on race, justice and history. Published with the permission of The Cambridge Union (cus.org).

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