"Kenan continues Baldwin's legendary tradition of 'telling it on the mountain' by giving a voice to the unvarnished truth."--The San Francisco Chronicle
James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time
was one of the essential books of the sixties, and one of the most galvanizing statements of the American civil rights movement.
In The Fire This Time
, inspired by Baldwin, Kenan combines elements of memoir and commentary, casting a critical eye from his childhood to the present to observe that, while there have been dramatic advances since the sixties, some issues continue to bedevil us.
Starting with W. E. B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King, Jr., Kenan expands the discussion to include many powerful Aamerican personalities, such as Oprah Winfrey, O. J. Simpson, Clarence Thomas, Rodney King, Sean "Puffy" Combs, George Foreman, and Barack Obama.
Published to mark the forty-fifth anniversary of James Baldwin's epochal work, The Fire This Time
is itself a piercing consideration of the times, and an impassioned call to transcend them.