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James Baldwin centenary

To be a black person in America, James Baldwin once said, was to be “in a state of rage almost all of the  time.” Decades after his death, that sentiment, echoed in many countries in the West, still resonates.

In collaboration with the Eccles Institute at the British Library, WritersMosaic  presented an evening of writers and music celebrating James Baldwin’s centenary. Colin Grant was joined by the actor and director Burt Caesar, the singer-songwriter Angeline Morrison, and the writers Mendez, Chitra Ramaswamy and Vanessa Kisuule to reflect on Baldwin’s prescience, and how his writing was informed by love, political activism, religion and the Blues.