Objects & Places from The Fire Next Time

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This community of New York City was home to one of the largest concentrations of black Americans in the country when the essays were written. This is where the author grew up.

The Avenue

This setting is described by the author as a main street in his area and the scene of much of its criminal activity.

The Nation of Islam

This radical religious sect came to cultural-socio-political prominence in the early 1960s, preaching a doctrine of black racial supremacy and black power.

Elijah Muhammad's Home

This setting in the essays is described as large and opulently decorated and furnished.


This setting in the essays is defined by the author as a source of both profound hope and deep suffering.

The Christian Church

This religious faith is the focus of a sharp, almost condemnatory examination by the author in the essays.

The Rainbow

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