The Papers of Amiri Baraka, Poet Laureate of the Black PowerMovement

The Papers of Amiri Baraka, Poet Laureate of the Black PowerMovement

The collection consists of materials from the years 1913 through 1998 that document African American author and activist Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoiJones, b. 1934) and were gathered by Dr. Komozi Woodard in the course of his research. The extensive documentation includes poetry, organizationalrecords, print publications, articles, plays, speeches, personal correspondence, oral histories, as well as some personal records. The materials coverBaraka’s involvement in the politics in Newark, N.J. and in Black Power movement organizations such as the Congress of African People, the NationalBlack Conference movement, the Black Women’s United Front. Later materials document Baraka’s increasing involvement in Marxism.

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