Watch Powerful ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Trailer

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Though he passed away in 1987, James Baldwin’s words are still quite timely. As America heads into a Trump presidency and many grapple what that will mean for communities of color, Baldwin’s words still accurately describe the nation’s riffs.

But how can a man who wrote so fiercely about race still be this on point today? Raoul Peck, director of the new documentary on Baldwin’s life, broke it down to EBONY.

Baldwin is almost like a Bible. It’s like a scripture. You can go back to it, and find a response, because everything is there. I hardly know any author and writer and citizen of the world that saw everything so clearly, and had the philosophy and the knowledge and knew how to put it in a wonderful phrase, precise and factual and beautiful and poetic. That’s unique.

In I Am Not Your Negro, Peck explores Baldwin’s life and writing through the lens of his friendships with–and assassinations of–Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X.

The film, which is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and hits theaters nationwide on February 3, has already been hailed as one of the best documentaries of the year, winning several awards.

Check out the powerful new trailer below.

I Am Not Your Negro premieres in theaters on February 3.