In this speech, James Baldwin addresses students at inner-city Oakland’s Castlemont High School. The address covers some of the themes of Baldwin’s classic The Fire Next Time published earlier that year. This is one of Baldwin’s most profound and passionate talks and speaks as strongly to the generation of #blacklivesmatter as it did to that Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Baldwin also takes questions from the students.
This was recorded Junes 23, 1963.