Nothing Can Be Changed Until it is Faced

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James Baldwin
Original Publication
February 14, 2019
Last Updated
Jan 16, 2023 3:42 AM
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Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced. 👨🏾James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a great writer. The treatment of his novel Go Tell It On the Mountain at my high school opened my eyes to the favoritism of white art and white history in the school, but also made me curious about the author. He used his talents to support the civil rights movement, penning several essays and novels that are ripe with insightful quotes.

The “Quotes to Live By” series was originally posted to my Instagram in 2019. Due to the original medium, these posts are fairly short and not meant to be exhausted biographies.


1. "James Baldwin". Encyclopædia Britannica; visited February 2019

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