TruthSayers: Robert Jones Jr.

Date(s) - 06/29/2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

August Wilson Center For African-American Culture


Accomplished writer, speaker and blogger Robert Jones, Jr. shares insights on the life and stories of James Baldwin (pictured).

Writer and activist James Baldwin’s (1924-1987) work explores the fundamental questions and social pressures involving masculinity, race, sexuality and class. His intricate narratives particularly embody the tumultuous 1950s through 1970s. Baldwin is best known for the 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain.

Robert Jones, Jr. has become well-known for his unapologetic yet sincere and relatable tone. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times and Essence. Jones has also spoken about navigating his way through the complexities of Black manhood as a Black queer man.

He is also the creator and curator of Son of Baldwin, an online community which aims to be an honest, inclusive, and self-reflecting space to critically discuss topics such as race, sexuality, gender, and disability from the Black queer perspective. While reading James Baldwin’s Here Be Dragons as a freshman at Brooklyn College, Jones was inspired to continue Baldwin’s work of dismantling the human-made structures that oppress marginalized groups.

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