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    "I hate to hear people saying we're praying for you. Prayer won't stop my wife from dying. I don't want to hear about prayer. Right now, all I need is the Economic Doctor!"
    Dr. Nathan Hare, Sociologist, Clinical Psychologist

    The Drs. Nathan and Julia Hare archives are available for acquisition. The archive is appraised at $300,000. If you or your institution is interested and would like to arrange a viewing, please call Marvin X at 510-200-4164. Email him at jmarvinx@yahoo.com.
     
     
     
     
     


     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Appraisal of the Archives of Drs.  Nathan and Julia Hare
     
     
     
    Introduction
    Nathan and Julia Hare, among the most prominent Afrocentric psychologists in the United States, were born in Oklahoma during the Great Depression. They met while attending Langston University, and both pursued academic careers. Nathan Hare obtained an MA (1957) and PhD in Sociology (1962) from the University of Chicago, then received another PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, California (1975). Julia Hare received a M.A. degree in music education from Chicago’s Roosevelt University and a PhD in education from the California Coast University in Santa Ana, California.
    Black Studies
    Nathan Hare came to national prominence as one of the intellectual fountainheads of the Black Power Movement during his academic career at Howard University and at San Francisco State University. His ideas began to jell with the publication of his first book, The Black Anglo-Saxons, emphasizing the need for what became black studies at historically black colleges. In 1967, he wrote and publicized “The Black University Manifesto” at the behest of the student-led Black Power Committee at Howard.
     Hare wrote the “Conceptual Proposal for a Department of Black Studies" and coined the term “ethnic studies” after he was recruited to San Francisco State in February 1968. At San Francisco State, where the Black Student Union demanded an “autonomous Department of Black Studies,” Hare was soon involved in a five-month strike led by The Black Student Union, backed by the Third World Liberation Front, thousands of white students, community leaders, the Black Faculty Union and the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. In
    February, 1969, SF State President S.I. Hayakawa dismissed Dr. Hare as chairman of the newly formed Black Studies department, the first in the United States,“to become effective June 1, 1969.” Hare stayed on until June at the request of the Black Student Union and remained for many more months in an unofficial capacity of “Chairman in Exile.”
    Nathan Hare then teamed with Robert Chrisman and Allen Ross to found The Black Scholar in November of 1969. Nathan's invitation to the First Pan African Cultural Festival held in Algiers, enabled him to obtain  articles from leading African intellectuals as well as his former student at Howard University, Stokely Carmichael, and the recently exiled Black Panther leader, Eldridge Cleaver. Nathan also wrote the journal’s lead article, "Algiers 1969: The First Pan African Cultural Festival," covering the politics of and happenings at the Festival. Through Julia Hare’s friends and contacts, The Black Scholar was featured in Newsweek --"From the Ebony Tower" -- and The New York Times, would soon call it “the most important journal devoted to black issues since ‘The Crisis.'”
    Meanwhile, Julia Hare had created her own career. She served as Public Information Director of the Western Regional office of the National Committee against Discrimination in Housing (headed by Aileen Hernandez), the director of educational programs at the Oakland Museum and later hosted talk shows for both ABC television and KSFO radio stations. She also served as the public relations director in the local federal housing program in San Francisco.
    During his tenure at The Black Scholar, Nathan received a second PhD, in clinical psychology. Working with Julia, he soon entered private practice, with offices in San Francisco and Oakland. They focused on forming a movement for “A Better Black Family” (the title of a popular speaking out editorial Nathan wrote for the February 1976 issue of Ebony magazine) shortly after completing his dissertation on “Black Male/Female Relations”.
    By 1979, the Hares formed The Black Think Tank, which published the periodical, “Black Male/Female Relationships”. Most notably, the BTT sponsored the Rites of Passage movement, including workshops and lectures, based on bringing black boys to manhood. . Julia became an internationally-known motivational speaker and television personality, offering her expertise on male/female relationships, gender interactions in the workplace, mate selection, and much more. Both Hares have won numerous academic and public honors too numerous to mention.
    Publications
    In addition to dozens of articles in a number of scholarly journals and popular magazines, from d The Black Scholar and Ebony to Newsweek, Saturday Review and The New York Times, Nathan Hare is the author of The Black Anglo Saxons, which was reprinted numerous times, as well as a number of books in collaboration with Julia Hare, including:
    • The Endangered Black Family, San Francisco: The Black Think Tank, 1984,
    • Bringing the Black Boy to Manhood: the Passage, San Francisco: The Black Think Tank, 1985,
    • Crisis in Black Sexual Politics, San Francisco: The Black Think Tank, 1989,
    • Fire on Mount Zion: An Autobiography of the Tulsa Race Riot, as told by Mabel B. Little. Langston: The Melvin B. Tolson Black Heritage Center, Langston University, 1990,
    • The Miseducation of the Black Child: The Hare Plan to Educate Every Black Man, Woman and Child, San Francisco: The Black Think Tank, 1998 and
    • The Black Agenda, San Francisco: The Black Think Tank, 2002.
    While publisher of The Black Scholar from 1969–75, Nathan Hare co-edited two books with Robert Chrisman:
    • Contemporary Black Thought, Indianapolis: Bobs-Merrill, 1973, and
    • Pan-Africanism, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1974.
    In addition, Dr. Hare has written and published many articles in such scholarly and popular periodicals as Ebony, Negro Digest, Saturday Review, the Massachusetts Review, Newsweek, Newsday,  The Black Collegian, Social Forces, Social Education, The Black Scholar, the Journal of Negro Education, Black World and The Times of London, to name a few.  Some of his articles have been reprinted in anthologies and two of them, "Black Ecology" (from The Black Scholar) and "Understanding the Black Rebellion" (from the London Times) were translated into other
    languages around the world.
    Julia Hare also authored How to Find and Keep a BMW (Black Man Working).Her written work has been featured in several magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Miami Herald.
     
    Description of the Archive
    The Hare’s archive consists of approximately 170 banker’s boxes containing a variety of materials. The first fifteen items all have at least some research value, but the most important materials begin with XVI.
    I.               17 boxes contain books from Nathan Hare’s library, many, if not most, with his handwritten margin notes and underlinings. In addition, one box contains miscellaneous Who’s Who volumes.
    II.             Two boxes contain materials pertinent to the Black Scholar, including copies of the magazine, copies of articles, drafts, etc.
    III.           Six boxes contain various magazines, while a seventh contains copies of Negro Digest, Jet, Black World and Ebony. There are copies of some of these publications in the other six boxes, and among the 17n book boxes. While m most of the magazines in the six boxes are common mass market material, at least 10% are important publications pertinent to the civil rights and/or black power movements of the 1960s and beyond.
    IV.           One box contains copies of papers and proceedings from conferences attended by the Hares.
    V.             One box consists of Nathan Hare’s published articles, and there are two boxes of miscellaneous articles not authored by the Hares.
    VI.           One box consists of Nathan Hare’s published books.
    VII.         One box contains photographs, including an album of 8x10 black/white photographs of Muhammad Ali’s visit to Howard University.
    VIII.       One box contains a miscellany of materials from Nathan Hare’s six years at Howard University – clippings, articles, a handwritten note, etc.
    IX.          Three boxes contain honors bestowed upon the Hares – plaques, awards, certificates, etc.
    X.            One box consists of personal materials – vitae, travel records, etc.
    XI.          One box contains event programs and flyers.
    XII.        Two boxes contain address books, calendars, phone logs, etc.
    XIII.      One box contains material pertinent to Nathan Hare’s early career  as a boxer and as a boxing trainer.
    XIV.        19 boxes contain newspaper clippings, articles and notes, many with handwritten notations by Nathan Hare.
    XV.          28 boxes contain the Hare’s financial records (taxes, personal finance, business records (including materials from the Black Think Tank, Male/Female Relationships, and The Black Scholar.
    XVI.        Three boxes of materials from Nathan Hare’s tenure at San Francisco State University. Two of the boxes are the materials that he kept from the San Francisco State strike described above, including internal Black Student Union documents, while the third is his archive of materials pertinent to the Black Studies Program that he headed. This material, some of which can be found nowhere else, clearly adds to our knowledge of this hectic year. See also Box 1 of correspondence (XXIV, below).
    XVII.      Three boxes of material from the Black Think Tank and one box of issue of Black Male/Female Relations, along with a number of manuscripts submitted to the magazine. Other BTT material can be found in other parts of the archive, e.g., the financial records, correspondence, etc.
    XVIII.    Four boxes of the Hares’ manuscripts – some handwritten, many with their emendations.
    XIX.        Seven boxes of Julia Hare’s materials, including notes, drafts of articles and speeches, manuscripts, etc. Another box contains Julia Hare manuscripts and bound copies of Nathan Hare’s three dissertations.
    XX.          A box of Nathan Hare’s notes on various topics, many handwritten.
    XXI.        17 boxes of electronic materials, both Nathan’s and Julia’s: emails, backups, patient records, speeches (including notes and drafts), presentations, manuscripts, public events, teaching and professional aids, etc.
    XXII.      One box of vinyl records, including numerous valuable small issues by movement groups, the Black Muslims, etc.
    XXIII.    37 boxes of records from Nathan Hare’s clinical psychology practice: patient records, protocols, state contracts, depositions and other legal materials, professional materials and more. A gold mine for researchers.
    XXIV.    Four boxes of correspondence to and from the Hares, primarily Nathan, in general including emails; submitted manuscripts; prisoner. Personal and professional correspondence; cards; press releases; and material on personal and cultural activities. Highlights include:
          Box 1: At least 10 substantive letters + one of his handwritten appeals from Ruchell Magee to the Hares; Black Think Tank correspondence files; substantive tlss from publishers and authors (Carlton Goodlett, Robert Johnson, Jerry Mander, Bob Chrisman); an als from Tom Feelings with 12 signed small drawings; letters and flyers from the California Homemakers Association; and a San Francisco State file.
          Box 2: A letter to, and reply f rom, Shirley Graham Dubois; ditto Robert F. Williams; three letters from Eldridge Cleaver (a 3p. als and 2p tls from 1976 and a 1p. als from 1973), plus a 1p. als from Kathleen Cleaver in 1976).
          Box 3: Considerable correspondence to and from activists, academics and elected officials (including a 1981 Willie Brown tls); a 2p. tls from Abdul Wali Muhammad on Final Call letterhead, 1988.
          Box 4: 2p. tls from Geronimo Pratt attorney Sharon Meadows in 1978; a 1p. tls from Richard Tropp – Jim Jones’ assistant – on Peoples Temple letterhead.
     
    Analysis:
    The Hare archive is, in many ways, unique. The couple’s role in the development of Afrocentric clinical psychology and couples therapies enabled the creation of an archive that has no parallel. Major African American psychiatrists, such as Alvin Poussaint and Price Cobbs, appear to have concerns from the Hares’. In addition, Nathan Hare’s role in the development of Black Studies within the American university setting is pioneering; the boxes of materials from his tenure at San Francisco State University will enable researchers to shed light on the stormy period that led to the creation of separate academic departments designed to serve students of various ethnicities.
    While it is possible to put commercial values on some of the materials, those values would in no way reflect the overall import of this archive.  A university library would find the archive to be a treasure trove of research materials in psychology, African American studies, gender studies, the criminal justice system, the history of the 1960s and 1970s, media and much more. In particular, Nathan Hare’s patient records, Julia Hare’s media files, the materials related to the Black Think Tank and Black Male/Female Relationships, along with their voluminous correspondence will influence scholarship in many areas for decades to come. Accordingly, I would place a monetary value of $300,000.00 on this archive.
    Respectfully submitted,
     
    Michael A. Pincus
    Andover Street Archives










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  • 01/09/14--12:31: Marvin X At the Black Caucus


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    Amiri Baraka, former N.J. poet laureate and prolific author, dead at 79

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    Amiri Baraka, the state's former poet laureate and a revered author, poet and activist, has died. He was 79. Baraka is shown in this 2009 file photo. (Star-Ledger file photo)
    David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger
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    on January 09, 2014 at 3:14 PM, updated January 09, 2014 at 3:48 PM
    NEWARK— Amiri Baraka, the longtime activist and former poet laureate of New Jersey died today, officials confirmed. He was 79 years old.

    Baraka was placed in intensive care at Beth Israel Medical Center last month for an unknown reason, but a spokesman for his son's mayoral campaign said his condition was improving late in December.
    Newark Mayor Luis Quintana said Baraka will be sorely missed.
    "I went to visit him at the hospital about two weeks ago," Quintana said by phone. "He was more than poet he was a leader in his own right. He's going to be missed and our condolences go out to his family today."
    Quintana recalled Baraka's role in the 1970 Black and Puerto Rican convention, a landmark political meeting that resulted in the election of Ken Gibson, Newark's first black mayor.
    "We're going to remember him always for his contributions to Newark, New Jersey and America," Quintana said. "In this time of pain, the citizens of Newark and I are with him."

    Baraka had long struggled with diabetes, but it was not immediately clear what the cause of death was.

    A Newark native and resident formerly known as Leroi Jones, Amiri Baraka has published dozens of poems, essays and works of non-fiction. In 1963 Amiri Baraka wrote "Blues People," an in-depth history of music from the time of slavery throughout the various incarnations of blues and jazz, with integrated social commentary. The book's 50th anniversary was recently celebrated during an event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
     
    Poet Amiri Baraka reads a poem about Sarah VaughanAuthor Amiri Baraka, who turns 75 next week, reads his poetry at Skippers Pub in Newark. The poem entitled, "The Lullabye of Avon Avenue" is about American jazz singer and Newarker, Sarah Vaughan. Starting tomorrow, several commemorative events are planned in the city to examine his career as an artist and activist. (Video by Noah K. Murray / The Star-Ledger)
    Baraka was also the state's poet laureate for a short time in 2002 and 2003.
    Newark City Council President Mildred Crump, a longtime friend of the Baraka family, said the world lost one of its pre-eminent literary figures today.

    “Not only has New Jersey, but the United States of America, has lost a great human being. He was a legend in his own lifetime," Crump said. "It is such a loss, such a great loss."

    Crump said Baraka's condition had been improving, and he was breathing on his own when she last visited him on Sunday. The Baraka family has been lining Beth Israel Medical Center for weeks, according to Crump.

    “He fought a good fight. I was there the first night he went into the hospital," Crump said. "I was there when he was breathing on his own, I was there Sunday."
    Crump said her first association with Baraka came in the 1970s, when he led the charge to build Kawaida Towers, a planned 100-acre housing project that was meant to embody the Black Power movement that Amiri had long been a champion of.
    "That's when he became my hero," Crump said.
    Star-Ledger Staff Writer James Queally contributed to this report.

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    How ya feel when ya brother go to the door of no return
    when yo uncle go who gave ya manhood trainin' wit da Dutchman
    the mythology of A Black Mass
    who climbed up da hill with Myth of Sisyphus
    up and down
    who wrote the story of our tribe of Shabazz
    who lived the terror
    wife and children hid in the closet
    National Guard in da house
    wife terrified
    you bastards
    beat my husband bloody
    I shall not be moved!
    Sonia said resist resist resist!
    And we shall
    take my husband from me
    we shall not be moved
    killed my lesbian daughter and her lover
    Shani said Marvin X the only man I like
    Never seen a man cook breakfast
    Told AB and Amina I want to marry Shani
    Amiri said Marvin, you get drunk and say the damnest things
    Next morning when I talked with Amina
    Amina said Take Her!
    we shall not be moved
    shot my son in the head 357 Magnum
    we shall not be moved
    And we partied
    808 S. Tenth Street
    off Clinton
    Marvin, go to the store
    get me some Jack Daniels and Newports!
    Sonia, I don't need to hold hands
    forget that
    Marvin, go to the store
    get me some Jack Daniels and Newports!
    Yeah, get Daemon something too
    get yo friend something
    he's up in his room writing
    go on up there
    Get him some Miller Lite
    Daemon is up there
    writing while the house is on fire
    Dat's him
    you know him as well as I do
    what was that girl he was messing wit
    at the Black House 1967
    what was her name
    Marvin, you was there, what was her name?
    That damn Daemon
    go to the store
    Get my boyfriend Jack
    I need Jack right now!

    My brother is gone
    My uncle is gone
    My daddy is gone
    departed the Miller Lite world of make believe
    total illusion
    the worst kind
    dreams and dreams
    MLK, Jr knocked on our door
    what do you do when MLK, Jr. knocks
    let him in or what?
    Can you imagine?
    What drama
    what tragi-comedy
    Oh what love
    what lessons of love
    sweetness of love
    bitterness of love
    no matter what
    I'm a Mafia woman, Marvin
    we don't leave our men
    My daddy was in the Mafia Marvin
    we don't leave our men
    no matter what
    I'm a Howard Street woman
    we know Nathan Heard
    Ain't no shame in my game
    I was always black
    didn't need of Black Arts
    when dat nigguh came home to Newark
    I was black
    doing a black thang
    my and my brother
    when I met Amiri
    I was black
    better ax somebody
    Didn't need no Black Arts to make me Black!
    Howard Street made me Black!
    His mama didn't like me cause I was black
    my kids was black
    yeah, my little picka ninny kids
    black
    Help me, Marvin
    hold my hand
    come make me laugh
    like we used to do
    laugh all night Marvin
    you made us laugh all night Marvin
    no matter the pain
    you made us laugh all night
    Jack Daniels laugh
    Miller Lite laugh
    Hennessy/Bailey's laugh
    He said you let the elephant out laugh
    Make us laugh Marvin
    and he who laughs last
    laughs the longest
    C'mon Marvin
    hold my hand
    squeeze my hand
    I want to laugh.



     




















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  • 01/10/14--09:19: In Memoriam--Amiri Baraka


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    In Memoriam—Amiri Baraka

    By Herb Boyd

          Amiri Baraka, like his name, was a blessed prince, and he loomed
    like a colossus over the Black arts movement, excelling in practically
    every literary expression—as a poet, playwright, novelist, historian,
    journalist, and essayist.  One of the most versatile writers in America,
    Baraka died Thursday afternoon in Newark, New Jersey, where he was born
    and lived most of his life.  He was 79.
          No cause was given for his death, though he had been hospitalized
    for several weeks and was reportedly a diabetic.
          From his early days in Greenwich Village where he began to make
    his mark among a coterie of beatnik and avant-garde notables such as
    Allen Ginsberg, Ted Joans, Bob Kaufman, Bob Thompson, Hettie Cohen and
    Diane di Prima (and he had children by both women) as a poet and
    publisher of small journals to his halcyon days in the fulcrum of the
    Black liberation struggle, Baraka was an irrepressible spirit and his
    star would shine even brighter after settling in Harlem and helping to
    spur the emergence of Black nationalism and Pan African thought.
          But he had already established himself as a leading playwright by
    1964 with “Dutchman,” which earned him an Obie award.  The play featured
    two characters, Clay, a black man, and Lula, a white woman.  And their
    intense exchanges often mirrored the nation’s troubled race relations.
            A year before his acclaim on Off-Broadway, Baraka, then LeRoi
    Jones, had written Blues People that was a sizzling summary of African
    American music which is still considered among the best compendium’s of
    the blues; and he would later complete Black Music and do for jazz what
    he had done for the blues.
            By 1965, following the assassination of Malcolm X, Baraka was in
    Harlem and an active member of the Haryou Act where he dispensed lessons
    in theater while sharpening his political analysis and assuming a larger
    role in the activist community.
            This is not to say he wasn’t politically conscious since the
    sprigs of that sprouted as early as his days at Howard University and in
    the Air Force, which he called the “Air Farce,” and certainly by the
    time he was a delegate who traveled to Cuba at the invitation of Fidel
    Castro.
            During the late sixties Baraka was a prominent figure in the
    Black Power movement and as a founder and leader of the Congress of
    African People (CAP) he promoted the philosophy of Kawaida {Swahili for
    tradition) formulated by Maulana Karenga.  In 1972, he was in Gary,
    Indiana as a guiding force in the National Black Assembly.  But two
    years later as a delegate to the Sixth Pan African Conference in Dar es
    Salaam, Tanzania he announced in a paper delivered at the conference
    that he had adopted a Marxist-Leninist outlook, an ideology he would
    retain for the rest of his life.
            Born Everett Leroy Jones on Oct. 7, 1934, he was the son of
    middle class parents and was on the same path as a student at Howard
    University.  But soon his iconoclastic personality surfaced and to
    demonstrate his break with the bourgeois tendencies so prevalent at the
    school he derided the administration by sitting in the middle of campus
    eating a watermelon.
          That same defiant attitude would color his stay in the Air Force
    and he was dismissed with a dishonorable discharge, accused of reading
    subversive literature.
            The Village with its abundance of free spirits was a natural
    environment for his non-conformity, his radical penchant and one who was
    always eager to think and act outside of the box.
            While Baraka possessed a Midas touch when it came to the
    written word, his preference was poetry, and it’s hard to choose one
    poem that encapsulates his prowess, though “We are unfair, and unfair/We
    are black magicians, black arts we make in black labs of the heart. The
    fair are fair, and deathly white. The day will not save them/and we own
    the night” provides a glimpse of his sentiments about racism and white
    supremacy during at least one stage of his ever evolving life.
            In a poetic homage to Baraka, esteemed poet and publisher Haki
    Madhubuti wrote a number of poems for his friend and this excerpt is an
    expression of his respect and high regard—“…approaching him I wondered
    why this genius of serious music of transcendent literature wasn’t
    surrounded by readers, fans, collectors of fine words on pages seeking
    instructions and autographs.”
          His devotees may not have been as obvious and visible as
    warranted but they were many and you didn’t have to walk to far in
    Newark to bump into someone ready to spout about Baraka’s black magic,
    his relentless fight against forces of oppression.
          Even into his seventies, his younger associates in Newark
    declared, Baraka was still on the ramparts, despite all the controversy
    surrounding his poem about the bombing of the World Trade Center,
    despite being stripped of his laureate honor, and despite the crippling
    challenges that came with age.  “Even though he was in his late
    seventies,” wrote anti-violence activist Bashir Akinyele, “he was with
    us on the streets at many of our most critical turns, like when we shut
    down Broad and Market the first time in 2009!”
          And none of the late challenges in his life were as hurtful as to
    lose his sister and his daughter Shani and to see the daily assaults
    targeting his sons as they fought to make their hometown a safe haven.
          Two years ago, the ever feisty Baraka expressed his derision over
    the publication of Manning Marable’s biography of Malcolm X.  It was his
    opinion that Marable had assassinated Malcolm again and he publicly
    denounced the book at several forums and in print, which he did with his
    typical sense of outrage and denunciation.
          Still, there was Baraka the praise master as he did at the
    funeral services for James Baldwin and at the more recent memorial for
    Jayne Cortez.  And a more extensive collection of his words can be found
    in a reader under his name, which resonates with much more conviction
    than even his autobiography.  Baraka at one time referred to himself as
    Imamu and Mwalimu and to a great extent he was both priest and teacher,
    as the Swahili words designate, and there are thousands of his students
    to attest to his profound wizardry in the classroom.
          However, in the end, the final words ring with beauty and
    authority in his poetry.  In this one Baraka’s ironic wordplay is never
    more succinct and to the point.
                          Monday in B-Flat

    I can pray
        all day
        & God
        wont come.

    But if I call
                911
            The Devil
                Be here
            in a minute!
          Baraka, who moved effortlessly from art to politics, leaves behind
    an extraordinary corpus of creativity to be protected and managed by his
    talented wife, Amina, and his children Amiri Baraka, Jr.. Ras Baraka,
    Obalaji Baraka, Ahi Baraka, Dominique DiPrima, Maria Jones, Lisa Jones,
    and Kellie Jones.
       

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    Abdul AlkalimatFrom: abdul GENERAL http://www.amiribaraka.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiri_Baraka OBITUARY http://www.npr.org/2014/01/09/261101520/amiri-baraka-poet-and-co-founder-of-black-arts-movement-dies-
    To H-AFRO-AM@H-NET.MSU.EDU

    Today at 7:11 AM
    From: abdul

    GENERAL

    http://www.amiribaraka.com/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiri_Baraka

    OBITUARY

    http://www.npr.org/2014/01/09/261101520/amiri-baraka-poet-and-co-founder-of-black-arts-movement-dies-at-79

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/amiri-baraka-poet-and-firebrand-dies-at-79/2014/01/09/930897d2-796e-11e3-af7f-13bf0e9965f6_story.html

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/09/showbiz/poet-amiri-baraka-dies/

    MOVEMENT

    http://www.marxists.org/history/erol/ncm-1a/index.htm#cap

    http://libguides.rutgers.edu/content.php?pid=158675&sid=1755073

    BOOKS

    https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=amiri+baraka&oq=amiri

    http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&field-author=Amiri%20Baraka&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AAmiri%20Baraka

    VIDEO

    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDhHr-TTc9AJ1kNe9Fv9FvQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgoUbn9nMlQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ojq_WDqIkI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1-2S7baPUU

    POETRY

    http://www.mo.be/en/opinion/amiri-baraka-poetry-99

    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/amiri-baraka

    http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/baraka/baraka.htm

    http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/445

    http://www.math.buffalo.edu/~sww/poetry/baraka_jones.html

    THEATER

    nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/maai3/protest/text12/barakatheatre.pd

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  • 01/10/14--16:00: Salaam Soldier, AB
  •  Amiri Baraka at his west coast 75th birthday celebration at the Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center. A Marvin X production. Photo Kamau Amen Ra

    Amiri Baraka at Oakland's Eastside Arts Center. Photo Kamau Amen Ra

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    Black Bird Press News & Review: Marvin X interview on KPFA and KPOO radio stations about his friend Amiri Baraka








    Marvin X will be interviewed about his friend Amiri Baraka by KPFA's (www.kpfa.org) Greg Bridges, Monday, 8pm. On Tuesday he will be interviewed by Terry Collins  of KPOO (www.kpoo.org radioa bout his 50 year friendship with AB. 

    Baraka had invited Marvin X to read at a tribute for poet Jayne Cortez at New York University, Feb 4, 2014. The tribute will go on, we assume with a tribute to Baraka as well. 

    Marvin X invited Baraka to The Black Arts Movement Conference at University of California, Merced, Feb. 28, March 1-2, 2014, a Kim McMillan/Marvin X production, sponsored by UC Merced and California Endowment. It will be a BAM tribute to Amiri Baraka as well, chief architect of the Black Arts Movement, the most radical and revolutionary artistic and literary movement in American history.
    Larry Neal said BAM is the sister of the Black Power Movement, Marvin X says BAM was the mother! 

    Funeral services will be held Saturday, Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey. 10am.


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    Black Bird Press News & Review: Marvin X interview on KPFA and KPOO radio stations about his friend Amiri Baraka








    Marvin X will be interviewed about his friend Amiri Baraka by KPFA's (www.kpfa.org) Greg Bridges, Monday, 8pm. On Tuesday he will be interviewed by Terry Collins  of KPOO (www.kpoo.org radioa bout his 50 year friendship with AB. 

    Baraka had invited Marvin X to read at a tribute for poet Jayne Cortez at New York University, Feb 4, 2014. The tribute will go on, we assume with a tribute to Baraka as well. 

    Marvin X invited Baraka to The Black Arts Movement Conference at University of California, Merced, Feb. 28, March 1-2, 2014, a Kim McMillan/Marvin X production, sponsored by UC Merced and California Endowment. It will be a BAM tribute to Amiri Baraka as well, chief architect of the Black Arts Movement, the most radical and revolutionary artistic and literary movement in American history.
    Larry Neal said BAM is the sister of the Black Power Movement, Marvin X says BAM was the mother! 

    Funeral services will be held Saturday, Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey. 10am.


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    Marvin X, a founding figure of the 1960s flowering of the Black Arts Movement in the U.S., believes the struggle for justice worldwide is one. He joins his powerful voice to the International Solidarity Hunger Strike for Syria--and links it to his strong ongoing activism against genocide and fratricide in the 'hoods of America. Marvin's son of blessed memory was once held and interrogated by the Syrian dictatorship's state security agents, as he has written about eloquently on his blog, Black Bird Press News, named after one of Marvin's early plays that was produced in community theaters across the U.S. during the 1970s. Not one to be fooled by the police state's claims of "anti-imperialism" nor to give it a pass for oppression based on such claims, Marvin has been with us from the start. #GRATITUDE

    Photo: Thanks to the organizers of Day of Solidarity with Syria - global demonstrations on Saturday, January 11. London, Dublin and Malmo, Sweden will also have groups doing a Solidarity Hunger Strike on that day. Check out their info and attend the demonstration in your area. There are demonstrations in Syria; Vienna, Austria; Milano, Como Genova, Bologna, Ancona, Roma, Napoli, Palermo, and Lecce in Italy; Munich Stuttgart, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Aachen, Cologne, Hamburg, Dortmund in Germany; Helsinki, Finland; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Barcelona, Granada and Seville in Spain; Paris and Montpelier in France; Montreal in Canada; Mexico City in Mexico; Nairobi in Kenya; Warsaw in Poland; Cairo in Egypt; Antwerp in Belgium; Lausanne in Switzerland; Buenos Aires in Argentina; Los Angeles and Washington in the U.S. https://www.facebook.com/solidaysyria

    Thanks to the organizers of Day of Solidarity with Syria - global demonstrations on Saturday, January 11. London, Dublin and Malmo, Sweden will also have groups doing a Solidarity Hunger Strike on that day. Check out their info and attend the demonstration in your area. There are demonstrations in Syria; Vienna, Austria; Milano, Como Genova, Bologna, Ancona, Roma, Napoli, Palermo, and Lecce in It...aly; Munich Stuttgart, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Aachen, Cologne, Hamburg, Dortmund in Germany; Helsinki, Finland; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Barcelona, Granada and Seville in Spain; Paris and Montpelier in France; Montreal in Canada; Mexico City in Mexico; Nairobi in Kenya; Warsaw in Poland; Cairo in Egypt; Antwerp in Belgium; Lausanne in Switzerland; Buenos Aires in Argentina; Los Angeles and Washington in the U.S. https://www.facebook.com/solidaysyriaSee More
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    Two Poems for the People of Syria by Marvin X and Mohja Kahf




    Oh, Mohja
    how much water can run from rivers to sea
    how much blood can soak the earth
    the guns of tyrants know no end
    a people awakened are bigger than bullets
    there is no sleep in their eyes
    no more stunted backs and fear of broken limbs
    even men, women and children are humble with sacrifice
    the old the young play their roles
    with smiles they endure torture chambers
    with laughs they submit to rape and mutilations
    there is no victory for oppressors
    whose days are numbered
    as the clock ticks as the sun rises
    let the people continue til victory
    surely they smell it on their hands
    taste it on lips
    believe it in their hearts
    know it in their minds
    no more backwardness no fear
    let there be resistance til victory.
    --Marvin X/El Muhajir



    Syrian poet/professor Dr. Mohja Kahf



    Oh Marvin, how much blood can soak the earth?

    The angels asked, “will you create a species who will shed blood

    and overrun the earth with evil?” 

    And it turns out “rivers of blood” is no metaphor: 


    see the stones of narrow alleys in Duma

    shiny with blood hissing from humans? Dark

    and dazzling, it keeps pouring and pumping

    from the inexhaustible soft flesh of Syrians,

    and neither regime cluster bombs from the air,

    nor rebel car bombs on the ground,

    ask them their names before they die. 

    They are mowed down like wheat harvested by machine,

    and every stalk has seven ears, and every ear a hundred grains.

    They bleed like irrigation canals into the earth.

    Even one little girl in Idlib with a carotid artery cut

    becomes a river of blood. Who knew she could be a river 

    running all the way over the ocean, to you,

    draining me of my heart? And God said to the angels, 

    “I know what you know not.” But right now,
    the angels seem right. Cut the coyness, God;

    learn the names of all the Syrians.

    See what your species has done.

    --Mohja Kahf                     

    Marvin X Poem fa da Hood


    Memorial Day, 2007
    I am a veteran
    Not of foreign battlefields
    Like my father in world war one
    My uncles in world war two
    And Korea
    Or my friends from Vietnam
    And even the Congo “police action”
    But veteran none the less
    Exiled and jailed because I refused
    To visit Vietnam as a running dog for imperialism
    So I visited Canada, Mexico and Belize
    Then Federal prison for a minute
    But veteran I am of the war in the hood
    The war of domestic colonialism and neo-colonialism
    White supremacy in black face war
    Fighting for black power that turned white
    Or was always white as in the other white people
    So war it was and is
    Every day without end no RR no respite just war
    For colors like kindergarten children war
    For turf warriors don’t own and run when popo comes
    War for drugs and guns and women
    War for hatred jealousy
    Dante got a scholarship but couldn’t get on the plane
    The boyz in the hood met him on the block and jacked him
    Relieved him of his gear shot him in the head because he could read
    Play basketball had all the pretty girls a square
    The boyz wanted him dead like themselves
    Wanted him to have a shrine with liquor bottles and teddy bears
    And candles
    Wanted his mama and daddy to weep and mourn at the funeral
    Like all the other moms and dads and uncle aunts cousins
    Why should he make it out the war zone
    The blood and broken bones of war in the hood
    No veterans day no benefits no mental health sessions
    No conversation who cares who wants to know about the dead
    In the hood
    the warriors gone down in the ghetto night
    We heard the Uzi at 3am and saw the body on the steps until 3 pm
    When the coroner finally arrived as children passed from school
    I am the veteran of ghetto wars of liberation that were aborted
    And morphed into wars of self destruction
    With drugs supplied from police vans
    Guns diverted from the army base and sold 24/7 behind the Arab store.
    Junior is 14 but the main arms merchant in the hood
    He sells guns from his backpack
    His daddy wants to know how he get all them guns
    But Junior don’t tell cause he warrior
    He’s lost more friends than I the elder
    What can I tell him about death and blood and bones
    He says he will get rich or die trying
    But life is for love not money
    And if he lives he will learn.
    If he makes it out the war zone to another world
    Where they murder in suits and suites
    And golf courses and yachts
    if he makes it even beyond this world
    He will learn that love is better than money
    For he was once on the auction block and sold as a thing
    For money, yes, for the love of money but not for love
    And so his memory is short and absent of truth
    The war in the hood has tricked him into the slave past
    Like a programmed monkey he acts out the slave auction
    The sale of himself on the corner with his homeys
    Trying to pose cool in the war zone
    I will tell him the truth and maybe one day it will hit him like a bullet
    In the head
    It will hit him multiple times in the brain until he awakens to the real battle
    In the turf of his mind.
    And he will stand tall and deliver himself to the altar of truth to be a witness
    Along with his homeys
    They will take charge of their posts
    They will indeed claim their turf and it will be theirs forever
    Not for a moment in the night
    But in the day and in the tomorrows
    And the war will be over
    No more sorrow no more blood and bones
    No more shrines on the corner with liquor bottles teddy bears and candles.

    --Marvin X
    25 May 2007
    Brooklyn NY



    Memorial Day appears in the anthology Stand Our Ground, for Trayvon Martin and Melissa Alexander.


    Marvin X tour dates 2014

    Marvin X  reads at New York University on February 4, 2014, at a tribute for poet Jayne Cortez.
    February 22 he will read at the Hinton Center, Fresno CA.
    February 24 he will read at Fresno City College
    February 28, March 1-2, he will co-produce (with Kim McMillan) the Black Arts Movement Conference, University of California, Merced.

    For more information or to invite Marvin X to your campus and/or conference, call 510-200-4164.
    Send letter of invitation to jmarvinx@yahoo.com.


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    Marvin thought you would like to see this page from the KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley: Listener Sponsored Free Speech Radio web site.
    Message from Sender
    Marvin X interviewed by Greg Bridges on Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement

    Transitions On Traditions with Greg Bridges - January 13, 2014 at 8:00pm



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    With the help and support of Bay Area North American Africans, Marvin X has departed for the east coast to celebrate the transition of his friend and comrade in the Black Arts Movement, Amiri Baraka.

    The poet is grateful for the assistance of the following persons: Dr. Nathan Hare and Dr. Julia Hare, Paul Cobb, Publisher of the Oakland Post Newspaper; Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Dr. J.Vern Cromartie,
    Suzzette Celeste, MSW, MPA; Mrs. and Mrs. Leon Teasley, Geoffery Grier, SF Recovery Theatre,
    Aries Jordan. 

    Marvin X will report of the funeral proceedings for KPOO radio on the Donald Lacey Show, Saturday morning. 

    He will remain on the east coast for the February 4 tribute for poet Jayne Cortez at New York University, an event organized by Amiri Baraka. This will also be a tribute to the chief architect of the Black Arts Movement.

    Marvin X returns to the west coast in late February to co-produce (with Kim McMillan) the Black Arts Movement Conference at University of California, Merced, February 28, March 1-2, 2014. Invited participants include Sonia Sanchez, James Smethurst, Askia Toure, Umar bin Hasan of the Last Poets,
    Eugene Redman, Ishmael Reed, Al Young, Adilah Barnes, Mrs. Amina Baraka, Emory Douglas, et al.
    Call 510-200-4164 for more information. email Marvin X at jmarvinx@yahoo.com.

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    Yes, the polar ice storm has subsided, but now the east coast must prepare to confront the Human Earthquake in the form of Marvin X. He has come east to celebrate  the transition of his friend and comrade Amiri Baraka. Baraka suffered a fifty year relationship with the human earthquake. After a night of drunkenness at the Baraka house, New Jersey's once upon a time poet laureate  Baraka bemoaned the next morning that the west coast father of BAM, "let the elephant out last night!"



    On the west coast, a friend recently told the poet she saw five demons come out last night. "I started to tell my husband to dig a hole in the back yard ten feet deep, not six, to bury your ass."

    Well, the human earthquake does party hard, usually by himself which includes a party of ten personas. If the west coast friend saw five demons, the other five were probably angelic, thus she spared him the ten foot deep grave!


    On the serious side, Marvin X was deeply shaken by the sudden transition of his friend and associate who had invited him to read at a tribute for ancestor poet Jayne Cortez at New York University. This event will now include a tribute to Amiri Baraka.

    Coincidently, the poet was in New York on 9/11 and during Hurricane Sandy, but if the east coast survives his wrath, he will return west to co-produce (with Kim McMillan) The Black Arts Movement
    Conference at the University of California, Merced, featuring icons of BAM, including Sonia Sanchez,
    Askia Toure, Umar Bin Hasan of the Last Poets, Ishmael Reed, Al Young, Eugene Redman, Emory Douglas, Tarika Lewis, Billy X Jennings of the Black Panther Party, et al.

    Gov. Ronald Reagan
    "Get Marvin X off campus by any means necessary!"

    A few days before the BAM conference, the poet will no doubt cause shockwaves when he speaks in his hometown of Fresno, an hour south of Merced in the central valley of California, from which he was banned from teaching at Fresno State University by then Gov. Ronald Reagan, 1969. The poet has since taught at UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, San Francisco State U, Mills College, University of Nevada, Reno and elsewhere. He will speak in the community at the Hinton Center on February 22 and at Fresno City College on Feb. 24.

    Marvin X removed from Fresno State University and Angela Davis was removed from UCLA by Gov.   Ronald Reagan, 1969, Marvin for being a Black Muslim, Angela for her Black Communist activities. 

    A few years ago he established Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland. Ishmael Reed says he is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland. He teaches at the most dangerous classroom in the world, the scene of violent protests over the murder of Oscar Grant and Occupy Oakland.

    During Occupy Oakland a US Marine was shot in the head by a police projective. Unmoved by the protests, Marvin X did a video production of his Mythology of Pussy and Dick, featuring Aries Jordan, Toya Carter and himself. A customer said, "Man, I watched it over and over. I'm going to charge Nigguhs to watch it at my house!"

    He established The Community Archives Project to make available for acquisition the archives of such personalities at Drs. Nathan and Julia Hare. The Hare archives are under consideration by several top universities. The project is also educational: to teach the importance of preserving the archives of common people.

    The Human Earthquake is more than anything a prolific writer of nearly 30 books. The Last Poets say he writes a book a month, but he authored eight titles during 2011. East coast get ready, the earthquake has just departed JFK Airport. New Yorkers, can you feel the earth shaking?




    Reflections of a "Human Earthquake" Victim




     
       I’m sure we all have those teachers from our past who have impacted our lives. Some have encouraged us to dig deep within and unleash untapped potential. Some have inspired us to think beyond our little world and reach new heights. I can’t remember, though, very many teachers who have shocked me into a dizzying stupor, made me laugh, then ultimately made me love them for their unbridled “Hootspa” (or as we were fond of saying in my hometown….“Huevos”)
    Meet Marvin X
       I believe it was the fall semester of 1982 when I walked into the first day of my English class. I was attending Kings River Community College in the small, heavily Mennonite town of Reedley, CA. Our quaint little town was your typical white-bread, very conservative, farming community. So when we all took our seats and noticed that our instructor was not your typical white, middle-aged teacher with patches on his jacket sleeves, but was in fact an african american man, staring us down, we were all a bit off of our game.
       “Hello, welcome to my English class. My name is Marvin X. My legal name is Marvin Jackmon, but I don’t use that name because that was given to me by some white slave owner”! The classroom did a collective head scratching, while some more disturbed students got up and walked into the wall several times, then returned to their seats and joined the head scratching asking panically “Um…your just a sub, right??”
       Everyday in Marvin X’s class was like a field trip though a box of Cracker Jacks. There was always some prize waiting for our small town J.C. minds to grapple with. Mr. X always encouraged lively conversation and I took full advantage of that, because we all know that asking a thousand questions equals a passionate interest in the subject which equals a passing grade!!!!
       The thing I love most about him was that he loved…no, he fed on tossing little “shock and awe” bombshells our way. Which was always followed by that jubilant grin and sparkle in his eye’s. He kept taunting us that some day he would share some of his poetry with us. But he warned us, “My poetry is really “street” …so I’m not sure your ready for it”.
       Several more weeks passed, full of lively conversations, debate and complete pandemonium swirling through our young impressionable little minds. Finally, one day he came to class and announced that we were now officially ready for one of his poems. Once again, he reiterated that his poetry was pretty “street” and not for the faint of heart. We did a collective gulp and nodded our heads.
    This poem is called…
    (wait for it)
    Confession of a Rapist”
    (Oh dear Lord!!….um…uh…OK,, I can handle this! I can be street…or at least avenue)
    He looked up with that sly grin and glimmer in his eyes, then proceeded with the opening line…
    I took the P***Y”
    (we’re not talking about sweet little kittens here, folks.)
       He just piloted his Enola Gay B-29 and dropped a bomb (a “P” bomb at that) amongst us citizens of Hiroshima Junior College!
       Visualize those old black & white films of Atomic bomb testing somewhere in the deserts of Nevada. The “Shock Wave” was so insanely intense, our faces were wobbling and contorting to the massive G-forces, that I’m pretty positive not one person heard another line from that poem. Outside, after class, we quickly and hastily put together an emergency Triage unit to asses the damages and re-attach any limbs or brain matter that may have needed attending to.
       Some fellow Christian students from the class were discussing the possibility of assembling a mob with torches and pitch forks, the likes of your typical Frankenstein movie. We soon realized that we were all fine. A little shaken, but fine.
       Oddly enough, there was maybe one complaint in class from a student, and he very patiently and lovingly discussed it with us. In the end, we all came through it like old trench buddies. Mr. X helped lift, perhaps rather firmly, us out of our little comfort zones.
       In the last few remaining weeks of class, we had several more great conversations and debates. One sunny day he even held class outside under a tree and we studied the book of Job from the Bible. I believe he said he loved it because it read like a screenplay. He had lots of great insight and challenged us daily.
       There are only a handful of teachers from my two and a half years of college (and no degree to show for it) that I have maybe a millisecond of memory of them. Mr. X, however, made such an impact on me that his memory is burned into the synapses of my brain. Was he shocking? Yes! However, even more, he loved reaching through to us. He made us think….really think!
    Before I began writing this, I Googled him. Sure enough, there he was…

     
    with that sly grin and glimmer in his eyes!
    Thank you, Mr. X!

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     Ras Baraka and his mother, Mrs. Amina Baraka, entering Newark Symphony Hall for last rites of Amiri Baraka.

    Ras Baraka took the baton from his father, Amiri Baraka, in the most eloquent eulogy ever!













    Actor Danny Glover was co-MC. Danny began his career in Marvin X's Black Arts West Theatre, San Francisco, 1966. In 1967 he performed in Baraka's Communication Project at San Francisco State University.


    Today I participated in one of the most beautiful final rites ever, the home going ceremony for my friend, the legendary poet/playwright/organizer/music critic/historian, father/husband Amiri Baraka, aka LeRoi Jones, chief architect of the Black Arts Movement or BAM. I told the audience I was changing my name to Marvin X Baraka in honor of my friend of fifty years.



    It was a poetic myth/ritual in the best of the African tradition, strong on longevity and short of brevity, but after all, it was the funeral of a poet, and they are known to be loquacious, sometimes redundant and repetitious, but such is the nature of poets and poetry.

    If not for the astounding finale by the son of Amiri, Ras Baraka, it could be said the evening was long winded to the point of exhaustion. And yet what would one expect at the last rites of an African griot?

    We know the griot is defined as a person who has absorbed his tribe's mythology and history. Such was the personality known as Amiri Baraka, dear friend, brother, fellow worker in the Black Arts Movement that altered the consciousness of North American Africans and Americans, from the academy to the streets.

    It was the consensus of those who spoke that Amiri Baraka was a revolutionary, not some Miller Lite civil rites reformer, but a full blown revolutionary who wrote, fought and organized for radical change in America and throughout the world. Those who spoke or participated included Danny Glover, Sonia Sanchez, Cornel West, Woody King, Jessica Care Moore, Michael Eric Dyson, Askia Toure, Glen Thurman, Tony Medina, Chokwe Lumumba's daughter, Sister Souljah, Haki Mahdhubuti, Marvin X and Ras Baraka.

    Poet Sonia read a poem from Maya Angelou and herself, ending with Resist, Resist, Resist!







    Why don't we cut to the chase to say Ras Baraka stole the show which was only proper since it was his father's funeral and the ceremony was not only the last rites, but a rites of passage for the son to take the reins of his father as poet and political operative, i.e., we fully expect Ras to be the next Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, especially after the eloquent reading/speech he delivered to conclude this myth/ritual, including his own poem Black Fire that ended his eulogy.


    Some persons may find it  hard to believe AB's son delivered his father's poetry better than the father, but know for a surety the son accomplished this task and went beyond into the region of his own mind and destiny: to shape the world in his own making and likeness, yet he never stopped honoring his father at every turn. He gave full honor to his father as Sister Souljah had done when she introduced Ras Baraka.

    Sista Souljah said she met Ras Baraka when she was 19 years old, or was he 19, we forget! When she went to his house, she thought he was rich because he had a father! He had a mother, a house, so she thought Ras was rich. She grew up in the projects, food stamps, Section 8, cheese, yes, she thought Ras and the Barakas were rich. They had a house full of books and music albums. They discussed serious topics whether personal or political, and you needn't agree yet there was respect for all. Yes, she thought the Baraka's were rich! Not rich with money but soul, she said! Long live the spirit of Amiri Baraka. We shall complete the national liberation of North American Africans! Free the land!


    In my remarks, we (co-producer Kim McMillan) invited Ras and his mother, Amina Baraka, to the upcoming University of California, Merced Black Arts Movement Conference, Feb. 28, March 1-2. We had invited Amiri Baraka to the conference, but we know Ras will represent his father with eloquence as will his widow, Amina. 

    AB had invited me to read at New York University of Feb 4, a tribute for ancestor poet Jayne Cortez. This event is on schedule. On February 8, the Schomburg Library in Harlem will host a fund raising event for Ras Baraka, now it will also be a tribute for Amiri Baraka.




    The art piece above by Elizabeth Catlett Mora demonstrates the union of the Black Arts Movement and Black Power. In my remarks, we spoke on the need to understand Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement were revolutionary, not art for art's sake in the Western tradition. The Black Arts Movement cannot be separated from the Black Power Movement, both were about the National Liberation of North American Africans. Larry Neal said BAM was the sister of the Black Power Movement, I say BAM was the Mother!
    --Marvin X (Baraka)
    Newark, New Jersey
    1/18/14



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    The ice storm put him in the hospital she said
    It stopped for his funeral
    sun came out
    snow drifts swirled on cremation day
    He controls the weather she said
    --Marvin X (Baraka)


    The greatest eulogy ever! Ras will replace his father at the Black Arts Movement Conference, University of California, Merced, Feb. 28, March 1-2, 2014

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