Clarke Peters


The Amen Corner

by admin on February 21, 1986

I met James Baldwin in August of 1971 outside the Cafe Flore on Blvd. St Germain, the first day I arrived in Paris. He had already made a deep impression on me by his political activism. We had to read him in high school: Blues for Mr Charlie ,as it was appropriate for the time and our young mind.So, you can imagine the wonder of meeting this man, shorter than me, but, larger than life. From time to time I’d see him in the café and steal a moment to gather the pearls he freely distribute. I cannot claim to have been his friend then, I was just one of many young Black Americans he adopted as ‘Bambino”

Amen Corner resonates so deeply with me because it brought Mr Baldwin and I together again after a decade or more. I had the great honour of being his host while he stayed in London and helped us through the  play.

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