James Baldwin’s America: A Free Screening of “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

A black man and woman sit on a porch. The woman sits in a chair. The man, dressed in overalls, sits on the floor of the porch, reading a bookJoin us for a free screening of James Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain on Saturday, September 10 from 5-7pm in the library’s Community Room. This screening is being offered as a kickoff to a reading and discussion series on Baldwin in partnership with the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and SURJ Hudson. All are welcome to attend the screening.

Go Tell it on the Mountain was James Baldwin’s first novel. “The book”, he said, “I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else.” It tells the moving story of a 14 year-old African American boy, growing up in Harlem in the 1930’s and struggling to find himself despite his tyrannical step-father. The stellar cast includes Paul Winfield, Alfre Woodard, Olivia Cole, Ruby Dee and Giancarlo Esposito.

James Baldwin took America’s promise of democracy seriously. The novel explores the conflict between America’s promise and its racial history, and is a powerful introduction to Baldwin’s work.

This program is free and open to the public, and is made possible in part with public funds from the New York Council for the Humanities. The program is done in partnership with Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and SURJ-Hudson. For more information call (518) 828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by our front desk.

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