↑ Play OPB‘s Think Out Loud: The Relevance Of Buckley v. Baldwin Today.
In 1965 the novelist and poet James Baldwin and the conservative thinker William F. Buckley met in Cambridge, England for a formal debate. The topic: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American negro?” Each man spoke for nearly 20 minutes, and afterwards the largely white audience voted on the winner. James Baldwin won 540-160.
Fifty years later, do the words spoken at that debate still have relevance? Where do William Buckley and James Baldwin fit into America’s present day conversation about race? Linfield College recently hosted a two day conference on just that topic. We speak with the organizer of the conference, Nick Buccola.