Watch a Never Before Aired Interview With James Baldwin – Buried by ABC at the time,
In 1979, up and coming television producer Joseph Lovett scored the opportunity of a lifetime. Just a few month’s into his stint at 20/20, ABC”s upstart television news magazine,
Buried by ABC at the time, the segment has resurfaced over four decades later, revealing a unique glimpse into Baldwin’s private life—as well as his resounding criticism about white fragility, as blisteringly relevant today as it was in 1979. Conducted by the late Sylvia Chase, the interview took place at 137 West 71st Street—the Manhattan apartment building Baldwin bought for himself and his family in 1965.