Chapter and Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin is a 21st-century ritual tool kit for justice, shared in isolation, bridging communities around the world. Inspired by James Baldwin’s seminal treaty on justice in America, The Fire Next Time, the project was created during the time of two raging pandemics plaguing the United States — COVID-19 and racism.
Participants are invited to engage in an urgent and critical investigation of race, religion, sexual orientation, America and its status quo, celebrating Baldwin’s ideas and legacy through music, meditations, and visual imagery. The vernacular of a church service, structured rituals and worship, and other forms of sacred practice, inspire the gifts offered each month from September-December 2020, free of charge.
- Call: Dial a toll-free telephone number to discover songs, meditations, and chants to ease your mind any time, day or night, when you need it most. 1-833-4-BALDWIN (1-833-422-5394).
- See: Experience visual testimonies of Baldwin’s text, with original music created by Meshell and artistic collaborators, including Suné Woods, Nicholas Galanin, and Charlotte Brathwaite.
- Read: Sign up for the monthly printed newsletter, featuring Baldwin’s words and calls to action, delivered four times, directly to your mailbox. To register to receive the broadsheet, click here before September 21st. One copy per household, please. We are currently unable to accommodate international mailing addresses.