James Baldwin | The Bill Is In
James Baldwin was an American writer and Civil rights activiist. He garnered acclaim across various mediums, including essays, novels, plays, and poems. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, was published in 1953; decades later, Time magazine included the novel on its list of the 100 best English-language novels released from 1923 to 2005.
He began reporting from Atlanta, Georgia, where he would meet and become friends with Martin Luther King Jr., and then travelled on to Montgomery, Alabama. He wrote several essays on the movement, which were published in magazines including: Harper’s, The New Yorker, and Mademoiselle. Baldwin later joined the Congress of Racial Equality, causing him to travel across the American South lecturing on his views of racial inequality. Baldwin became so involved in the movement that he was featured on the cover of Time for their Spring release on May 17, 1963. His insights into both the North and South gave him a unique perspective on the racial problems the United States was facing.