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Black Love in the American Imagination: A Seminar on James Baldwin

General Admission: $10 | Belcourt Members: $8 | Click here to BUY TICKETS


Over the past decade, a resurgence of James Baldwin's work and words have reminded us of his eloquent power and prophecies around issues of race, identity, sexuality, and the Black family in America. Baldwin wrote tenderly, yet urgently, about the complexities of Black love, surrounded by a world of hate, bigotry and racism. Addressing the many ways in which Black people found and created love, he was fascinated by how that love happened and what it looked like in the face of persistent and pervasive adversity.

This seminar examines and interrogates Baldwin's idea of Black love and the notion of Black love writing. What is it? How is it expressed? How does it emerge, survive and flourish in the face of hate, spite and oppression? Seminar participants will engage in critical dialogue, exploration and reflection through Baldwin's writings and its many complexities.

This seminar is presented in conjunction with Barry Jenkins' IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (opens Fri, Jan 4), based on Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name.

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