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No Name in the Street by James Baldwin
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No Name in the Street

by James Baldwin

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His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the stree: he shall be driven from light into darkness and chased out of the world.

JOB 18: 17 - 18
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For Berdis Baldwin

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Beauford DeLaney

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Rudy Lombard

and Jerome

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"That is a good idea," I heard my mother say.
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Yet, hope—the hope that we, human beings, can be better than we are—dies hard; perhaps one can no longer live if one allows that hope to die. But it is also hard to see what one sees. One sees that most human beings are wretched, and, in one way or another, become wicked; because they are so wretched. And one's turning away, then, from what I have called the welcome table is dictated by some mysterious vow one scarcely knows one's taken—never to allow oneself to fall so low. Lower, perhaps, much lower, to the very dregs; but never there.
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307275922, Paperback)

This stunningly personal document and extraordinary history of the turbulent sixties and early seventies displays James Baldwin's fury and despair more deeply than any of his other works.  In vivid detail he remembers the Harlem childhood that shaped his early conciousness, the later events that scored his heart with pain—the murders of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, his sojourns in Europe and in Hollywood, and his retum to the American South to confront a violent America face-to-face.

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