Please check out these two videos and be prepared to discuss how they related to Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues…
First: In 1965, James Baldwin debated William F. Buckley at the Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge University. The topic of the debate was, “The American Dream is at the expense of the American negro.” At the time, James Baldwin was well-established as a prominent writer and civil rights figure. Buckley was the editor/founder of National Review, and soon to become the “father of modern conservatism”. He’d prominently come out against desegregation in the pages of his own magazine in 1961.
At the Cambridge event, after some introductory arguments from a couple of the fellows, Baldwin delivers his remarks.
Second: Please watch the video below about the history of the blues…and think…What makes Sonny’s Blues…”The Blues”?