James Baldwin, Odetta, Ralph Ellison, Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee.
Dunno the provenance of this photo, but I want to crawl all up in it. Was Baldwin, as comfortable in his skin and unfussily charismatic as any human being who has ever lived, the axis of the whole conversation? (Just Baldwin he and Ellison by themselves would make this picture a serious contender.) Odetta penning an ill written. Ozzie’s tonsorial foreshadowing of Allen West. Ruby Dee giving us face.
Can a picture make you be a better person simply by looking at it? I would’ve said no before. Now I’m not so sure.