August 6, 2019

James Baldwin Honored On Social Media On What Would Have Been His 95th Birthday

By Kimberley Richards

Celebrities and elected officials took to social media Friday to honor and celebrate the life of James Baldwin on what would have been his 95th birthday.

Baldwin, a globally influential writer, playwright and essayist whose works have had a powerful impact on views of race relations and identity in the U.S., was born in Harlem, New York, on Aug. 2, 1924. He spent much of his adult life in France and he died of cancer there on Dec. 1, 1987.

His famed works include “Notes of a Native Son” and “The Fire Next Time” ― both collections of essays ― and the novels “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Another Country.”