About

The idea for Baldwin Cafe is inspired by both Socrates Cafe and the famous author, James Baldwin.

Writer and playwright James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in Harlem, New York. He broke new literary ground with the exploration of racial and social issues in his many works. He was especially known for his essays on the black experience in America. James Baldwin published the 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, receiving acclaim for his insights on race, spirituality and humanity. Other novels included Giovanni’s RoomAnother Country and Just Above My Head, as well as essays like Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time


We use our fiery spirit to politically educate, provide direct access to Black literature, and encite collective healing. We hope all will stand with us in solidarity, as we work to create the world we deserve to live in.

What People Say

An inspirational experience of literary arts and community connections. Don’t miss the next one!

Erin Smith-Glenn

The peaceful and productive energy that is always present and the respect

Vanae Stevee Pate

Definitely a place where you walk in and feel right at home. Even as someone deathly shy I felt very welcomed and encouraged to interact.

Bunny Roberts

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