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Amiri Baraka – A Fearless Voice

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Amiri Baraka — dramatist, novelist, and poet made his transition on January 9, 2014

Sometimes you just know you need to do something. So when WPFW 89.3 fm announced Howard University was celebrating the life and work of Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), I knew I needed to be there.

It was good hearing personal experiences shared by his friends and family, hearing excerpts from his works, and reflecting on the many things he accomplished.

Some refer to him as an instigator, a provocateur, but Amiri was no secret agent, he did not keep his observations, nor rage undercover. He spoke his truth courageously and passionately.

If we are going to keep Baraka’s legacy alive, I think putting reparations on the table is what should be done. Baraka makes the case quite clear in “Why is We Americans.”

What do you think?

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela



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