In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
In the book itself, James Baldwin is described as an invited and official observer as he drives around the country with fellow activists. It is Baldwin's academic prowess and eloquent oration at lectures and on TV throughout the States which propel him as a voice in the discourse for class, race-politics and black civil rights nationwide.
James Baldwin was also a prominent figure within his own right in the literary community. "Remember This House" was to be a recounting of revolutionary proportion, illuminating the lives of his close friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin passed away before he got past the first 30 pages of the manuscript, and so Raoul Peck did his best to research Baldwin's body of work, both written and oral to create what is now known as "I'm Not Your Negro."
At this time, or any for that matter; but, particularly crucial now if not before, this book has to be on everyone's must read list. If you do not have access to this book, there is the documentary itself with which the book is based upon.
This piece of work does not just highlight the systemic & repetitious injustices suffered in America, but completely reframes the discussion in the intellectual eyes of James Baldwin himself.
I Am Not Your Negro
By, James Baldwin.
Author, Raoul Peck
(Think twice, order with your local book shop) 💜