● James Baldwin: James Baldwin was born August 2, 1924 and became known as one of the great Black authors, poets, playwright, essayist, and activist. His stories often discuss the Black experience, sexuality, and class in Western society. Baldwin has an extensive list of work including, Notes of Native Son, If Beale Street Could Talk, and more. Before passing he also garnered several honors and awards. He died in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France on December 1, 1987.