Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Dialogue with James Baldwin

Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Dialogue with James Baldwin

Dialogue with James Baldwin

Click to enlarge image of Closing ceremonies in New York for four girls killed in Birmingham bombing. (r to l) Author James Baldwin; James Farmer, unidentified man, and Socialist leader Norman Thomas.

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Shortly after the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham is bombed, Niebuhr appears with author James Baldwin on television. Hosted by Dr. Thomas Kilgore, Jr., the two great thinkers discuss the meaning of the Birmingham tragedy and the steps necessary to achieve racial justice.

Photo caption: Closing ceremonies in New York for four girls killed in Birmingham bombing (r to l) author James Baldwin; James Farmer, unidentified man, and Socialist leader Norman Thomas.

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Paul Elie

is senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage.

Jean Bethke Elshtain

is an author and Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Robin Lovin

is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and the author of Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism.