Black History Month Challenge

James Baldwin: My Dungeon Shook:  A Letter to my Nephew

In 1962, the Progressive Magazine published a letter James Baldwin wrote to his nephew. The letter is excerpted from his novel, The Fire Next Time, published in 1963. In this letter Baldwin shared his thoughts for his nephew’s future in a nation with a history of racism.

Throughout the month of February, the complete letter will be available on the church’s website and we will offer reflections and other readings or videos as well. Our hope is that you will hear the words and the sentiment expressed in this letter and ask yourself why Baldwin felt he needed to write this letter and what we can do to make this kind of letter unnecessary.

CLICK HERE for a full copy of the letter.

CLICK HERE for Week One Reflections – February 7, 2021

CLICK HERE for Week Two Reflections – February 14, 2021

CLICK HERE for Week Three Reflections – February 21, 2021

CLICK HERE for Week Four Reflections – February 28, 2021