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James Baldwin (August 2, 1924December 1, 1987) was an American novelist and poet.

In 1953, Benny Russell cited Baldwin as evidence of a notable African-American currently writing prose to Douglas Pabst. (DS9 novelization: Far Beyond the Stars)

In 2366, during an examination of the USS Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard told an investigator looking for censored documents, “In our computer we have a complete copy of every notable piece of literature, art, and music ever produced by humankind, from the first paleolithic cave paintings right up to the present. Everything, no matter who banned it, in whatever country, for whatever reason. Not one word or image is missing.” He specifically cited Baldwin, Kurt Vonnegut, James Joyce, and the Hollywood Ten. (TNG novel: Gulliver's Fugitives)

In 2372, Matthew Decker had a computer file of James Baldwin's poems. (SA comic: "Liberty")

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