This blog accompanies the Introduction to African-American Studies course at The University of Kentucky. The course is an interdisciplinary course, which establishes the intellectual context for an examination of the African-American experience; it introduces students to the various approaches scholars use to analyze that experience.
Monday, December 1, 2014
James Baldwin: The Writer and Intellectual
Above is a clip from the historic debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. The topic of this Baldwin and Buckley debate is "Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?"
How does this introduction to James Baldwin and this debate affirm, change, or challenge your understanding of American culture, African American culture and the Civil Rights Movement?
Above is an embedded viewing of the documentary James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket. It is available via the UK Libraries' subscription to Films on Demand.
About 44 minutes in the documentary begins to explore James Baldwin's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and his perspectives about race relations. Please feel free to learn more.