Jimmy Turns Ninety !!!August 2, 2015 was James Baldwin’s 90th Birthday. Our Celebration: A Nationwide Series of Community Forums,
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“ If you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality ... then you can change it. ”
~ James Baldwin
Inspired by Civil Rights activist / best-selling author James Baldwin (1924-1987) – and driven by an urgent need for social change – the JAMES BALDWIN PROJECT was created to open minds and change lives. Our funders include the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, various state-based Humanities Councils, foundations and individual donors.
The heart of this effort is an ongoing series of nationwide Outreach & Engagement initiatives – all building on our award-winning film classic, JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET (1990).
BALDWIN Goes Digital: Completed in 2014, the restoration and digital re-mastering of our film – from 16mm to WideScreen 2K HD – opened a new world of possibilities.
James Baldwin Project Website: Launched in 2014 and still evolving, this multimedia site has already become a trusted internet resource for information on Baldwin.
Conversations with Jimmy: Launched in 2015, this series of community collaborations uses film screenings and live presentations to spark town-wide discussions. Over the past 18 months, we’ve brought explorations of diversity, discrimination and the meaning of brotherhood to schools, libraries, art centers, civic groups, churches and prisons. Already, we’ve reached thousands of people. Events are currently booked well into 2017.
NEA-funded collaboration with the National Park Service: Launched in 2016, this series of Baldwin Film Screenings + Talkbacks is designed to bring our nation’s Historic Sites & Parks into their 'Second Century’ by engaging local communities, students and people of color.
Digital Curriculum Initiative: Currently in development, this downloadable curriculum will bring Baldwin’s history, his writing and his view of humanity to our nation’s students – in middle school, high school, community college and beyond. Initiated in response to requests from educators and parents all over the country, this will be a mix of study guides, lesson plans, performance prompts and social identity workshops: all multimedia, all easily adaptable to existing courses of study – and all created by a stellar team of master teachers, curriculum specialists, social justice educators and Baldwin Scholars.
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.