On February 18, 1965, an overflowing crowd packed the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, to witness a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America’s most influential conservative intellectual. Nicholas Buccola, author of the new book The Fire Is upon Us, joined us to share the story of the event, the radically different paths that led Baldwin and Buckley to it, the controversies that followed, and how the debate and the decades-long clash between the men continues to illuminate America’s racial divide today.
- Book Event for The Fire Is Upon Us
- Thursday, January 16 at 7:00pm
- Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland
For more information, visit Nicholas' website.