Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ten top political texts on black consciousness

At the Guardian, David Olusoga tagged ten key political texts on black consciousness, including:
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)

We are living through something of a Baldwin renaissance, in large part thanks to Raoul Peck’s brilliant documentary I Am Not Your Negro. Any number of Baldwin’s books might earn a place on this list, but The Fire Next Time stands out. Consisting of two essays, one addressed to Baldwin’s nephew, it is a passionate and visceral plea to black and white America. It is the only document I know of that expresses the civil rights case as eloquently as the speeches of Martin Luther King.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue