The whole civil rights movement was about to be properly born. Through this voice we get to understand that time and place through insightful Black eyes.
There really were two tribes then though most of us never quite understood that.
Sixty years on we have watched the slow historical resolution of this deep historical conflict. As I write this the DEEP STATE has launched faux race riots in an attempt to seize political power. Yet the black population today identify as American first and are quickly opposing this nonsense. This may well be the last cough of all that historic stress.
James baldwin was a fine writer whose work needs to be kept in print. My best friend in 1968 attempted to do his master's thesis on this man's work and was then shut down. Unsurprising then but surely worthy today.