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CLEAR Perspectives | The Fire Next Time
This session will discuss James Baldwin's book, The Fire Next Time (Dial Press, 1963).
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today.
At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the Mountain. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as “sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle…all presented in searing, brilliant prose,” The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of literature.
Discussion facilitated by Mehrsa Baradaran, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UCI School of Law
Members of the UCI community have free access to the book through the library here. Zoom information will be sent to those who register.
The CLEAR Perspectives series serves as an informal setting where students and faculty can examine issues of concern to marginalized individuals and communities. At each meeting, discussion will be informed and guided by specific readings or films focusing on a particular issue or demographic.
Tuesday, October 20 at 5:45pm to 7:15pmVirtual Event