James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924 in New York City. Baldwin was a prominent thinker in the civil rights movement, and his works often deal with race in America. Baldwin moved to Paris, France in 1948 to escape American racism, but he returned home in the 1950s to help with the burgeoning civil rights movement. Baldwin himself was also a gay man, and his works often deal with this as a central theme. Some of his most famous books are Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni’s Room, If Beale Street Could Talk, Another Country, Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone, The Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, and Notes on a Native Son. Please check out this important American writer in the library today!