Today would’ve been legendary playwright and civil rights activist, James Baldwin‘s 94th birthday. It’s sad to think that we’re still seeking justice for the same issues Baldwin was fighting for 40 years ago.
If he were here today, he’d probably feel that although we’ve come a long way as a nation — not much has changed.
Hit the flip to check out these powerful James Baldwin quotes that still rang true today.
10 James Baldwin Quotes That Still Rang True Today
1. "You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read."Source:Getty 1 of 10
2. "You have to decide who you are, and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you."Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. "Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it."Source:Getty 3 of 10
4. "Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy."Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. "To be a negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time."Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. “Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. "Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does."Source:Getty 7 of 10
8. "I was not born to be what someone said I was. I was not born to be defined by someone else."Source:Getty 8 of 10
9. "I've always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative."Source:Getty 9 of 10
10. "The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side"Source:Getty 10 of 10
Same Ol’ Merica: 10 James Baldwin Quotes That Are Still Relevant Today was originally published on globalgrind.com