Black Diamond

On May 17, 1963 James Baldwin appeared on the cover Time Magazine for his writing of The Fire next time. Illustration: Boris Chaliapin


James Baldwin was by far one of America’s literary treasures, who like many Black artists of his time had to go to Paris to get their shine before their own nation found the priceless value in its own Black Diamonds.

Harlem’s native son James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist,writer, playwright, poet, essayist and civil rights activist, who started out Black, impoverished and homosexual and notably stated “I thought I hit the jackpot because it was so outrageous that you had to find a way to use it“! James Baldwin was nobody’s “Nigger“; he stood, lived , wrote and spoke as an upright man of conviction who fought for what he believed in & would not allow the ills of America and the world define who he was as a Black Man. James Baldwin was and will always be a part of global Black History!



“Well-known author James Baldwin, whose works explore race relations, as well as the arts and human relationships, was honored when the U.S. Postal Service dedicated a new commemorative postage stamp in its Literary Arts stamp series. The ceremony was held in the Langston Hughes Auditorium of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY…” His writings are a demonstration of his love for all of us. Baldwin wrote with great honesty and passion. You can almost feel his need to explore the hard truths of our society,” said Henry Pankey, vice president, Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Postal Service, who dedicated the stamp. “Sometimes, it almost hurts to read his poignant poems, essays, books and plays….”