Add your thoughts here…A great, historic American hero. Here is an insightful piece on him done by DemocracyNow today. For those viewing after January 10, access videos for this date, or for Baraka.
By Jueseppi B.
A Hat Tip/Shout Out To Mr. Walter Rhett, Writer .
From The LA Times:
Amiri Baraka, activist poet and playwright, dies at 79
Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79.
A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters.
He was born Everett LeRoi Jones on Oct. 7, 1934, in Newark, N.J. A gifted student, he graduated from high school two years early and went to college at New York University and Howard University. After serving in the Air Force for more than two years, Baraka — then Jones — was dishonorably discharged for reading communist texts.
He then moved to New York, attending graduate school at Columbia University and becoming involved…
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