Jan. 9, 2020

The Blackman Reads Aloud Amira Baraka

Two magnificent poets died on January 9, 68 years apart, one died on January 9, 1946, Countee Cullen was one of the driving forces of the Harlem Renaissance, the other great black poet Amira Baraka died on January 9, 2014, was one of the driving forces of the Black Arts Movement. Two exceptionally talented black men who spoke directly to the communities of blacks that supported them. I would like to celebrate the works of both artists as I read from some of their more popular creations on my blog today. Next, the black poet of Newark, New Jersey, Amira Baraka who agitation towards injustice forced our black communities to confront that injustice directly. Beyond Amira Baraka’s words was a passion for direct action.

JANUARY 9, 2014 on this day Amiri Baraka joined the ancestral literary giants of blackness. This afternoon I salute his greatness.

This Work Shook The Entire State Of New Jersey And The Nation in 2001. Amiri Baraka​ revealed his thoughts on the destruction of America in 2001, ​the ​destruction that was in his words 400 years in the making. So, if you aren’t looking for a pollyanna perspective of provoked ​thought. Go to my blog for this morning’s in his words, my voice, Amiri Baraka’s, Somebody Blew Up America. As I continue to journey on our black history need not be a black mystery.