Through his work, James Baldwin created a lens for readers to view his life as a black homosexual in America as well as in France. Baldwin’s work is reminiscent of his upbringing in a home with his stepfather who was a store-front pastor living in America during a time of social segregation and discord as well as the persecution of homosexuals. His extensive catalog of work was greatly influenced by his life as a black gay man in America. At Harlem Hospital, Baldwin was born to his mother, Emma Berdis Jones on August 2, 1924. He had never known his biological father because his mother had left him when James was very young due to his drug abuse.
The book that I have chosen to do my reading response over is The Fire Next Time written by James Baldwin. This book is split up into two parts or letters. The first part is titled “My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation.” The first part, written in a letter format to Baldwin 's fourteen year old nephew, talks over the crucial role of race in America’s history. The second portion of the book is titled “Down At The Cross: Letter from a Region in My Mind.” This part of the book looks at the connections between race and religion. Mostly on Baldwin 's connections with the Christian church as a youth, and the Islamic concepts of others there in Harlem.
Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X greatly influenced by their strong individual faiths. There ideologies had important role development and practice of the ideologies. Martin Luther King Jr. embrace the beliefs of Christianity and become a minister at a Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Malcolm X after six years in prison was released where he joined the Nation of Islam (Carson, 13-14). This where his belief of racial separation, the inherent evil of whites, and the need to embrace African culture(Cone, 179).
Connecting Hurston life to the novel While Their Eyes Were Watching God is a work of fiction, it has been considered autobiographical as well. Hurston reveals her personality through the interaction of the author’s, protagonist’s, narrator’s voices and through the narrative events. Hurston’s father has been lodged in many characteristics of Jody Stark. Like Jody, her father moved to a solely black town called Eatonville as in the novel. Her father John Hurston was also noted for “being very ambitious, hard-headed and having a prominent position of carpenter as well being a Baptist preacher and attaining a position of power within the South Florida Baptist Association”.
Have you ever wondered what life would be like today if blacks didn’t have civil rights, were heavily discriminated against, or even still slaves? Many people blacks and whites worked together for blacks to not have to deal with these things. If it weren’t for those people blacks might still not have civil rights today. Atticus Finch was a fictional character who fought the injustice that was mistreatment of blacks just like many other brave civil rights activists and lawyers in the twentieth century. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored people was a phenomenal organization that was respected by many and founded for the purpose of improving blacks living conditions, civil rights, and role in government.
Barack used this quote with a logical reasoning, stating the facts on how the founding fathers of this nation did not have any say about the common slave or their self rights, but just to let the future take care of it problem. He then explains his personal experiences with racial injustice and how it dealt with it as a young man to incorporate his own character into the ongoing problem. He states “I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas”(Obama 461). “ I was raised with the help of a white grandfather. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue”(Obama 462).
Though family and kindship were rooted in African American traditions for its use of “linking lineages and villages” (Goode, Jones, Jackson 155), it is also immensely valued for the reason that numerous African American families were broken up and disorganized for so many decades due to slavery and unequal rights, thus many families had to rely on extended family, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friendships to care for, and socialize their children, highlighting their perseverance to reestablish a strong family presence despite conditions where biological parents were absent. This still true in African American culture today, for multiple generations frequently reside in the same household to provide social and emotional support for the child if the mother and father are working or generally absent, as well as extended relatives, outside of the home, providing financial support, following a cultured valued belief of a collective community where many African American’s “pool resources for a common benefit” (Goode, Jones, Jackson 156), strengthing the family and community as a whole and improving the political and societal status of the group, while keeping racial consciousness in
Farrow was the niece of Frederick Douglass, an African-American social reformer and abolitionist who pastored a small, holiness church in Houston, Texas. Farrow had been born into slavery in Norfolk, Virginia. Charles Parham was holding meetings in Houston and invited Farrow to be the governess for his children while the Parham family went to Kansas for two months in the summer. She asked William Seymour to lead the church while she was gone. When she returned to Houston, she had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and was speaking in tongues.
Hes’ famous “I Have A Dream” speech is remembered as the event that helped end the racism. Before the civil rights movement, he followed his family’s footsteps and became an American Baptist minister. King was a civil rights movements leader until his assassination. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. When Martin was a young boy he attended public school, until he graduated high school at the age of fifteen.
Reflection” In my reading of this assignment Morehouse College was established from a Baptist Church in the early 1800-1900’s. If understanding correctly, it came about for freed black men that had been degraded all their lives. Lacking education, also being stereotyped the black man really didn’t have much but their spiritual life that was done in secret. Seeing others before them go through this, I wondered how one could stand in that era? Looking back at my own life during the late 1900’s, it took a strong foundation, determination, and character to realize black people can accomplish anything in life.
Bimbi showed Malcolm the value of education, which caused him to learn and study English and Latin. Then one day, his brother, Reginald, gave Malcolm the idea to join the Nation on Islam and become a Black Muslim, a group that was founded by Elijah Muhammad. After being in prison for seven years, Malcolm was granted parole. While on parole, he moved to Detroit to live with his brother Wilfred. Then inspired by the Black Muslims, Malcolm Little changed his name to Malcolm X, which represented the lost name of his African ancestors.
James also participated in other non-violent protests with his younger brother. Chaney organized voter education classes and introduced Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to some of the local churches. Chaney also helped transport CORE workers around. In 1964 he convinced Mt. Nebo Baptist Church to let