James Baldwin: The Price Of A Ticket
Wednesday, July 22, 7:30 PM -- Chilmark Community Center
Discussion with director Karen Thorsen and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The eloquent, passionate voice of James Baldwin was one of the first to speak in depth of the pain and struggle of black Americans in a world that failed to understand that “all men are brothers.” His works honestly confronted taboo topics— racial tension and homosexuality—and Baldwin was soon an early and essential voice of universal love and equality in the civil rights movements. The life, works, and beliefs of the late writer and activist are revisited in this newly remastered film featuring rare archival footage and interviews with Baldwin’s friends Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, and William Styron. At a time when black Americans are still fighting for their basic rights and dignity, this film is proof of the enduring power and relevance of Baldwin’s words.