It is an excellent introductionto James Baldwin if you have never read him. And even if you have, there is probably stuff you have never seen or heard.
Medgar, Malcolm and Martin: It is based in part on a book that Baldwin could not finish: about Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. They were his friends and one after another they were gunned down before the age of 40: 1963, 1965, 1968. The linchpins of the film.
Lorraine Hansberry, another friend, also appears – and then is taken from us too soon. Also dead before 40.
The film cannot match the power or depth of his essays, but it hits the main…
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