James Baldwin tribute

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August 15, 1999|By Sloane Brown

The memory of James Baldwin burned brightly at a Guilford home for "The Fire This Time," an evening of readings from the celebrated writer's works. Some 60 fans of the late author, whose books include "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "The Fire Next Time," gathered to inaugurate the Baltimore chapter of the National James Baldwin Literary Society. They toasted Baldwin's 75th birthday, enjoyed coffee and dessert, and savored selections read aloud by the chapter's founding members.

Among those in the mix: Kevin Brown, party host and chapter founder; Carolyn Marcus, William Maughlin Jr., Martha Saunders, Jean Cooper and Sissy Bryant, founding members; Carla Hayden, director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library; the Rev. Lorenzo Handy, associate minister of Union Baptist Church; Camay Murphy, Baltimore City school commissioner; and Miles Whitenburg, co-owner of Imagine National Creations. --

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