James Baldwin, in the 1950s and ’60s, was the dominant literary voice of Black America... and an outspoken racial activist.
In a speech he made at a New York City church in 1962, Baldwin spoke primarily as a storyteller. The speech was titled “The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity,” and Baldwin talked about the compulsion that drives a young writer.
I’m streaming a 3-minute excerpt of that speech. Click here to listen. (You can buy the complete 32-minute speech on CD from Amazon.com.)