- Launched in the fall of 2014, this series of
film screenings and public forums premiered
at The National Gallery of Art in DC and
The New School in NYC.
In 2015, with funding from two state Humanities Councils, CWJ expanded into a regional pilot project: first in Massachusetts, where James Baldwin spent his later years as a Five-College Professor, and then in Connecticut, the Baldwin Project’s home base. Events are now being booked nationwide.
We’ve also brought Baldwin to African American festivals, NAACP conventions, Juneteenth celebrations, professional development workshops, senior citizen study groups (for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), government programs, scholar symposia and radio talk shows. We've even brought Baldwin to inmates at San Quentin prison, in collaboration with California’s Prison University Project.
All of these events have been transformative, each in their own way – and all of them have involved inspiring collaborations.
Coming Soon: A series of Baldwin Film Screenings + Talkbacks in collaboration with the National Park Service, designed to bring our nation’s Historic Sites & Parks into their 'Second Century’ by engaging local communities, students and people of color.
- Outreach & Engagement -
- A nationwide Outreach & Engagement initiative:
public forums … with our film as catalyst.
An ongoing series of community collaborations,
“Conversations with Jimmy” uses the award-winning film
classic JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET –
recently re-mastered to Digital WideScreen HD – to spark
town-wide discussions on diversity, discrimination and the
meaning of brotherhood … in the context of current events.
From Boys & Girls Clubs in Omaha to public high schools in Bridgeport & Hartford, from New York University to the University of California Merced, from Quinebaug Valley Community College to Southern Oregon University, from Stanford to Yale, we’ve already brought free “Conversations with Jimmy” to thousands of students.
The Mission: To engage diverse communities, inspire dialogue across differences, encourage citizen-activists ... and to ensure that Baldwin's message – a clarion call for equality that is still incredibly, painfully relevant – will be heard and debated by those who need it most.
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