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James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, and their inevitable if unnameable tensions.
The National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee (NECLC)
The recipient of the 1963 award was singer/songwriter Bob Dylan who accepted the award on December 13 at the Dinner in New York, which also featured noted author James Baldwin.
Bob Dylan sits with James Baldwin after receiving the Tom Paine award from the Emergency Civil Liberties Union on December 13th, 1963.
“It is very nearly impossible, after all, to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.” ― James Baldwin
Bob Dylan speech at the Bill of Rights Dinner, 1963