Everybody has heard about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. and about their fight for Civil Rights in America. But have you ever heard about James Baldwin? James Arthur Baldwin (1924–1987) was an African-American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and a social critic. Baldwin was also known to be an activist and he dedicated a large part of his life to put up a struggle for black people Civil Rights. Inspired by Baldwin's words and works, Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck directed in 2016 a masterpiece movie about the black condition in America. I am not your negro”, is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. To understand Baldwin's punchy and smart fight for rights, have a look at the following trailer of Raoul Peck's multiple award-winning documentary.


If you enjoyed the trailer and want more, “I am not your negro” is now in theaters and also available in streaming or on legal downloading platforms.

Useful definitions:

Civil Rights: The rights that every person should have regardless of their sex, race, or religion.

Civil Rights Movement: Also known as the American Civil Rights Movement, is a term that includes the social movements in the United States whose goals were to end racial segregation and discrimination against African-Americans.

playwright: A person who writes plays.

to put up a struggle: To protest about something over time.

masterpiece: A supreme intellectual or artistic achievement.

Black Lives Matter or BLM: Is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people.