Philly celebration of author James Baldwin’s enduring legacy includes remarks from Abu-Jamal

American writer James Baldwin poses in front of his typewriter in his house, March 15, 1983, Saint Paul de Vence, France. (Photo Pressenia/AP Photo)

American writer James Baldwin poses in front of his typewriter in his house, March 15, 1983, Saint Paul de Vence, France. (Photo Pressenia/AP Photo)

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the death of James Baldwin, a prolific writer whose work chronicles the struggle and history of African-Americans in this country. A three-day festival celebrating Baldwin’s work and life is now under-way at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia.

Event organizer Meghna Chandra joined NewsWorks Tonight’s Mary Cummings-Jordan to discuss Baldwin and speakers featured at the event, including the imprisoned Mumia Abu-Jamal.

You can listen to their conversation below.

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