“I Am Not Your Negro” Racial Justice Book Group

This fall ICPJ’s Racial Justice Book Group will read and discuss I Am Not Your Negroby James Baldwin and edited by Raoul Peck. 

About the Book: To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.

Schedule: All events begin at 7pm

  • September 19: Read from “Introduction” through chapter entitled “Witness,” to page 52.
  • October  17:  “I Am Not Your Negro.” Read from chapter entitled, “Purity,” from page 53 to end of book.
  • November 21:  The FILM:  “I Am Not Your Negro.”

Location: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street

Free and open to the public.