Writer and social critic James Baldwin is known for addressing the intricacies of African Americans, White America and gay men through his writing. He has become a staple in contemporary literature. Though he passed away on December 1, 1987, his words and mindset —that was far beyond the moment he dwelled in—continue to be relevant in today’s hard reality of injustice, complex social issues and racial dilemmas. Remember his fight with some of his wisest words, below.

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