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Black Powered: Amiri Baraka In Memoriam (Pop-up Exhibit)


February 4th, 2014 - February 10th, 2014
Amiri Baraka, London, 1984
Amiri Baraka, London, 1984.  Photographer: © Val Wilmer. Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library


Amiri Baraka’s writing career spans over nearly 50 years and has mostly focused on the subjects of black liberation and white racism. Today, a number of well-known poems, short stories, plays, and commentaries on society, music, and literature are associated with his name. A few of the famous ones include The Music: Reflection on Jazz and BluesThe Book of Monk, and New Music, New Poetry.

The literary world respects the playwright and poet Amiri Baraka as one of the revolutionary provocateurs of African-American poetry. He is counted among the few influential political activists who have spent most of their lifetime fighting for the rights of African Americans.

Related Event: Black History Music: A Tribute to Amiri Baraka on February 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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