James baldwin

James Baldwin

  • 2000 BCE

    How did his contributions influence your life today

    His contributions influenced my life by showing its okay too be yourself!
  • Parents

    Emma Berdis Jones,David Baldwin
  • Birth

    James Baldwin was born August 2, 1924, in Harlem, New York
  • Early Life

    Early Life
    During his early teen years he served as a youth minister in a Harlem Pentecostal church from the ages of 14 to 16.
    Baldwin developed a passion for reading at an early age, and demonstrated a gift for writing during his school years. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, where he worked on the school's magazine with future famous photographer Richard Avedon.
  • Education and Jobs

    DeWitt Clinton High School
    The New School Welcome Center
  • Obstacles

    Baldwins Stepfather dies of tuberculosis in 1943

    The funeral was on Baldwin's 19th birthday.
  • Fun Facts

    Fun Facts
    James Baldwin's first novel was published in 1953, titled Go Tell It on the Mountain. At the age of 24, James left the U.S. for Paris because he despised the way African-Americans were treated. He remained in France for most of the rest of his life. Another reason that James left America was because his best friend committed suicide by leaping off the George Washington Bridge.
  • Accomplishments

    In 1963 Baldwin was featured on the cover of Time magazine "There is not another writer white or black who expresses with such poignancy and abrasiveness the dark realities of the racial ferment in North and South,"
  • Death Date

    Death Date
    James Baldwin died on December 1, 1987, at his home in St. Paul de Vence, France
  • Contributions to the black community

    Contributions to the black community
    His jousting with white conservatives and liberals alike serves as a reminder of the complicated politics of race politics that we, of course, still live with today