Through his fiction, essays, poems, and plays, Amiri Baraka (born Everett Leroy/LeRoi Jones) has produced works condemning racial injustice and the oppression of African Americans in the United States. He earned his BA from Howard University in 1954, garnering notoriety in 1964 when four of his plays were produced off Broadway in New York City. Dutchman won the Village Voice OBIE Award for Best American Off-Broadway Play that year. As the acknowledged leader of the Black Arts and Black Theatre movements of the 1960s, Baraka founded the Black Arts Repertory Theatre and School in Harlem in 1965. Now professor emeritus, he has taught at Yale, Columbia and at SUNY-Stony Brook. Through his work and words, he has promoted drama by African-American playwrights, about African-American issues, and performed for African-American audiences. New Jersey named their native son Poet Laureate in 2002.

"Democracy, War and the Responsibility of Intellectuals in a Bushwacked America" - September 24, 2002: Video & Transcript

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Amira Baraka.

Amira Bakara video.

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