James Baldwin’s semiautobiographical first novel was published in 1953 to high acclaim. Diane and a panel talk about this American classic, which uses as a frame the spiritual and moral awakening of 14-year-old John Grimes during a Saturday night service in a Harlem storefront church.


  • Marita Golden novelist and president of the Hurston/Wright Foundation
  • Reverend Derrick Harkins 19th Street Baptist Church
  • E. Ethelbert Miller poet; director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, Board Chair of the Institute for Policy Study. And author of the forthcoming book "On Saturdays I Santana With You."

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