Amiri Baraka

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Birth Name: Amiri Baraka
Born: 10/07/1934
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Death Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Died: 01/09/2014

A figure of both praise and controversy, Amiri Baraka was a renowned activist and writer of poetry, drama, and essays. He was born Everett LeRoi Jones in Newark, New Jersey on October 7, 1934. He was an avid academic, having enrolled in Rutgers University, Howard University, Columbia University, and New School for Social Research. Although he never completed his studies to earn a degree, his literary and sociological studies nonetheless influenced his beliefs and his work. Baraka was active in the Civil Rights movement and penned several essays and plays about race relations, such as the polarizing play "Dutchman" (1964) in which a white woman harasses a black man in a subway station. His... Continue Bio >>

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