James Baldwin: My Uncle and His Love Life

July 30, 2014 8:07 PM

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James Baldwin: My Uncle and His Love Life

August 2, 2014 is the day my family and I gather in New York City to celebrate Uncle Jimmy's 90th birthday with the gift of co-naming 128th Street "James Baldwin Place."

Harlem wasn't just a regular setting in the corpus of his work; it was more like a pantomime Greek Chorus. For Uncle Jimmy, Harlem was a unique holy ground of sacrificial sensibility. A familiar love, like the first bosom one knows, where the habitual bondage had no safe words -- he had to leave.

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