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Great Debates: James Baldwin and Malcolm X, September 1963

"No label, no slogan, no party, no skin color, and indeed, no religion is more important than the human being."

- James Baldwin 

Both James Baldwin and Malcolm X were heroes of the civil rights movement. Baldwin's books, essays, and speeches painted a poignant portrait of black life in the United States prior to desegregation. Baldwin's observations, experiences, and reflections left him with a nuanced stance which was relatable to many Americans. His realism and relatable anecdotes touched a nerve with readers and listeners across the country. Less optimistic than Martin Luther King Jr. and too peaceful for the followers of Malcolm X, Baldwin's views made him unique in the civil rights movement. But it was Baldwin's public dialogue with iconic black leaders that helped refine our vision for a fair and equal America.  Malcom X, joined the debate team in prison and when released quicly became one of the leading and most outspoken civil rights leaders and advocates of black nationalism. View the: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JIp9_IIV3s