AMERICAN MASTERS: James Baldwin | KPBS Public Media


Again on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On demand now with KPBS Passport!

This film is an in-depth portrait of James Baldwin, one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century. Using archival material that reflects Baldwin’s global influence and appeal, the film includes interviews with notable family members, friends and colleagues, including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, William Styron, Amiri Baraka , Richard Avedon and Bobby Short, among others.

AMERICAN MASTERS: James Baldwin: The price of the ticket: preview

Segments were filmed in France, Turkey and Harlem, all places where Baldwin lived. Through Baldwin’s work as a writer (since his first book in 1953, “Allez le dire sur la montagne”), he helped mobilize the civil rights movement, brought new awareness and compassion to readers blacks and whites and shed light on what it’s like to be black in America.

James Baldwin: Civil Rights Highlights

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James Baldwin: writer, teacher, preacher

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