James Baldwin: The Fire Next Time

“The only thing white people have that black people need, or should want, is power—and no one holds power forever.” Powerful, poignant, pointed excerpts from The Fire Next Time are used to “incite debate and discussion” of James Baldwin’s essays about race and the relations between race and religions. Groups read aloud and then discuss a passage before moving on to another excerpt.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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  • The selected excerpts are sure to spark conversation
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  • The activity requires a safe classroom where rules for discussing sensitive topics are clearly defined
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