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Anti-Racist Seminar Series: ‘The Fire Next Time: Creating Brave Spaces’

September 17, 2022 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join the New York Society for Ethical Culture for The Fire Next Time: Creating Brave Spaces, a free seven-Saturday course taught by NYU adjunct lecturer and Social Justice Network Founder Terrence Coffie. This course will take a deep and thoughtful dive into James Baldwin’s 1963 book, The Fire Next Time:

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement.

At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.

Described by The New York Times Book Review as ‘sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle…all presented in searing, brilliant prose,’ The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature. -Vintage

Terrence L. Coffie, MSW is a public speaker, reentry consultant, and a criminal justice reform advocate. He is an adjunct Lecturer at New York University and the Founder of Social Justice Network. Learn more about Terrence here!


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Seminar Schedule

All sessions will be held in-person only, in the Society’s Ceremonial Hall.

INTRODUCTORY SESSION: Sunday, September 11 – 1:00-2:30pm

This open session will explore the concept of “Brave Spaces” and what to expect in the course.

COURSE SESSIONS: Saturdays Beginning September 17 – 11:30am-1:00pm

September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, and October 29

Required Reading

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Free books provided to the first 10 registrants. To purchase yourself, we recommend: Lit Bar – Available on



September 17, 2022
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
2 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023 United States
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