Amiri Baraka, formerly known as Everett LeRoi Jones passed away yesterday at the age of 79. Baraka was a Newark, New Jersey native, best known for his controversial poems, essays, and plays that dictated the difficult challenges African Americans faced in white America. Baraka’s material followed several themes, which focused on race and racism, sexism, passivity, the communist ideology, religion, revolting, black artistry, and the identity of a black man. Check out a few of Amiri Baraka’s notable pieces below.
“Somebody Blew Up America”
“Why Is We Americans”