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A Conversation Worth Having: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley (1965)

A Conversation Worth Having: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley (1965)

“If a conversation is hard, it’s probably one worth having.”

Join us for A Conversation Worth Having: a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection.

Each week is an opportunity for conversation! Every Wednesday this April we’re hosting a watch party of different discussions between Civil Rights leaders of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, including James Baldwin, John H. Clarke, Amiri Baraka, Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan, George Simmonds, and Huey P. Newton. We add to their discussions questions posed to our virtual audience relevant to today, like: Are white women the most protected group in America? Has American education addressed the needs of the black student? Why is African history not included in American history courses? Come with your opinions every Wednesday at 7pm CST!

On Wednesday, April 7, our program includes a virtual screening of the legendary February 18, 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley at the University of Cambridge. The subject of their debate: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?” Throughout the screening join us with your answers to that question and more that we’ll pose in the live comments section.

You can join us for this conversation from anywhere with an internet connection, as this is a virtual event: https://app.kosmi.io/room/s76t3n. Your comments will remain anonymous unless you create an account.

We hope you’ll join us for an opportunity for conversation every Wednesday this April:

Wednesday, April 7: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley (1965)
Wednesday, April 14: A Black Paper on White Racism (1971)
Wednesday, April 21: African Origins & Christianity’s African Roots (1987)
Wednesday, April 28: Images of Black Men in America (1988)