“Glaude sets out upon a journey to excavate from the rubble, the spirit and the mission of James Baldwin and he does just that. In Begin Again, I could close my eyes and enter into a commune with Baldwin’s spirit. Upon their opening, I asked myself the question do the theoretical ideals of Freedom and liberty articulated by Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Adams and Franklin live up to the reality that Baldwin lived through and saw? History has yielded a different result from the eyes and vantage point of Baldwin. After reading “Begin Again,” I said to myself, Baldwin, King, Malcolm, Carmichael, Lewis, and many others should have been there, there at the founding, with a vote. Would there be a different future, our present? Maybe. But we would be assured that dissenting points of view were not dismissed and may have even gained support as “original intent.” From the rubble of Baldwin’s life, emerges a different series of essays than the theories advanced in the federalist papers. Baldwin was not ahead of his time, he was in his time, his star. Baldwin counted on someone to dig through the rubble and ruin of his contribution and find something valuable to the future. Glaude did that, and he spared the present no quarter from shirking her responsibility in bringing forward a new earth, for it is in the new earth that a new vision of heaven is possible.
Glaude’s conclusion was so moving that I can only encourage the reader to experience it for themselves.”