James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987)
James Baldwin was one of the great writers of the last century. In works that have become part of the American canon—Go Tell It on a Mountain, Giovanni’s Room, Another Country, The Fire Next Time, and The Evidence of Things Not Seen—he explored issues of race and racism in America, class distinction, and sexual difference. A gay, African American writer who was born in Harlem, he found the freedom to express himself living in exile in Paris. When he returned to America to cover the Civil Rights movement, he became an activist and controversial spokesman for the movement, writing books that became bestsellers.
Our very first t-shirt design in 2008 featured James Baldwin. After Marty finished reading The Fire Next Time, he wanted to share his appreciation for Baldwin and his greatness.