Thursday, January 9, 2014
Amiri Baraka (1934-2014)
[Amiri Baraka (formerly known as LeRoi Jones) at the Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, 2013 - Photo by Amun]
Sad to have to report the news today (Thursday January 9) of the death of the great African-American poet, playwright, and social activist Imamu Amiri Baraka. He had been hospitalized since December 21. He was 79 years old.
Here's his New York Times obituary
Here's the New Jersey Star-Ledger
Here's the LA Times obituary
Here's the Washington Post
Here's Neda Ulaby's NPR story
More, many more tributes and reviews of his extraordinary career to follow. America has lost one of its great men of letters and a powerful, necessary, unintimidated voice.