James Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, and playwright who was born in Harlem in 1924. Baldwin is known for the exploration of social issues in his works, with topics ranging from race to sexuality. His works include reflections on religion, morality, education, and the integration of African Americans into American society. Baldwin spent a great deal of time writing in Paris, which served as a haven for him to reflect on his experience as a black man in America. Some of his most notable works include Notes of a Native Son and I Am Not Your Negro. Baldwin died in France in 1987.
His essay, A Talk to Teachers, sets out to discuss the purpose of education particularly as it applies to African American children. As you read, pay attention to the themes of identity, history, and the myths that bind societies.