By James Baldwin
To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.
By W.E.B. Du Bois
It is the aim of this essay to study the period of history from 1861 to 1872 so far as it relates to the American Negro In effect this tale of the dawn of Freedom is an account of that government of men called the Freedmen’s Bureau. – one of the most singular and interesting of the attempts made by a great nation to grapple with vast problems of race and social condition.
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
‘I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughter differently. We must also raise our sons differently…’