“I believe you have to be true to people. You have to be writing something that people understand but, at the same time, something that’s profound enough to have meaning past, say, the six o’clock news.” - Amiri Baraka
Born in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, Amiri Baraka (Le Roi Jones) gained international stature as a poet, dramatist, essayist, and political activist. He became a leader in the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s. Much of his work considers the political situation of people of color in capitalist America.
R.I.P., brave soul, for speaking when most held their tongues. Our condolences to your loved ones and all who knew you as a friend. In controversy you still made us think. Most of all, you were an optimistic revolutionary.
At the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean there’s a
railroad made of human bones.
from Wise, Why’s, Y’z (Africa Section)