"Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Their love is worth the same as your love. Their partnership is worth the same
as your partnership. And they are equal in your eyes to you." --New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to a group of Republicans at the governor's mansion, as reported in the New York Times, "Behind N.Y. Gay Marriage, an Unlikely Mix of Forces"
This fall the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine will induct into its Poets' Corner James Baldwin. Baldwin, raised in Harlem and with roots in the rural South, was the son of a Pentecostal preacher. At the age of 17 he left the church and headed south for Greenwich Village to begin writing. His early writings form a collection of essays, "Notes of a Native Son." Baldwin's autobiography, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," followed. He also addressed racism in America, most famously in the two-essay book, "The Fire Next Time." After years in self-imposed exile in Europe, James Baldwin returned in the early 1960s to participate in the Civil Rights Movement. He said, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." Years later, a success, Baldwin was asked how disadvantaged he had felt, having started out as a poor, Black and homosexual writer. Baldwin replied, "I'd thought I'd hit the jackpot -- it was so outrageous, you could not go any further, you had to learn how to use it."
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