James Baldwin - A Call for Today

A new documentary was released during this Black History Month. It is called "I Am Not Your Negro." It features the writing of the prophetic author James Baldwin  (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987). The documentary connects his words with our ongoing struggle for racial justice today. You can see the trailer for this documentary below. In addition to the trailer, I want to share some of Baldwin's prophetic words from one of his most famous works "The Fire Next Time." It opens with a letter written to his nephew on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Emancipation in 1863. This was 1963 during the height of the freedom movement that worked to dismantle legal segregation in our country. Near the end of the letter, Baldwin writes about the true meaning of integration. Speaking to his nephew about relating to white people he writes, "But these men are your brothers - your lost, younger brothers. And if the word integration means anything, this is what it means; that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it." This is still our calling today as followers of Jesus and as citizens of America - to work together in love across racial lines to see the reality of our nation's history of racial struggle and to make changes that move us in the direction of true liberty and justice for all. The Cornelius Corps offers two programs that help churches to respond to this calling - Journey to Justice and Remember and Recommit. Details about these programs are available on the Racial Justice and Reconciliation page of our website.