I Am Not Your Negro viewers praise "powerful" and "poetic" James Baldwin documentary

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From Digital Spy

I Am Not Your Negro viewers have praised the "poetic" documentary for its "powerful" look at the lives – and deaths – of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, through the eyes of James Baldwin.

As the conversation surrounding systemic racism and equality continues, following the death of George Floyd and the global Black Lives Matter protests, BBC Two aired the film tonight (June 20) – and those tuning in took to social media to encourage others to check it out.

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Originally released in 2018 and directed by Raoul Peck, it sees Samuel L Jackson recite Baldwin's unfinished 30-page manuscript for his proposed book Remember This House. The notes look back on his relationships with the trio of aforementioned Black activists, as well as their similarities and differences.

"Watching [I Am Not Your Negro]. It was always going to be powerful stuff, but some of the writing about the American psyche (or rather the white American psyche) is sharp and poetic," a Twitter user gushed.

"#IamNotYourNegro is the most affecting documentary I've ever seen and one I would tell everyone I met that they absolutely have to watch," another claimed once the broadcast had finished.

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Elsewhere, a third added: "[James Baldwin's] point early in the film – about realising that the country of your birth has not evolved a place for you – resonates with the significance of removing statues that are hostile to a sense of belonging for Black people in society today."

"Though it was an uncomfortable watch, I'm glad I watched I Am Not Your Negro. James Baldwin articulated a powerful and heartfelt message and it's a stain on society that decades after his death the fight is far from over," another wrote.

Read some more reactions below:

I Am Not Your Negro is available to catch up on on BBC iPlayer.

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