Baraka has been teaching at the University of New York.
Continues to write essays about jazz and social subjects.
Thanks to the availability of “Dutchman” in videocassettes the play remains an important part of his reputation.
Dutchman is a one act play that was first presented at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City in March of 1964 (written in ‘63). It’s about a black male and a white female and was cited as the interracial Adam and Eve (which I’m not quite sure about) by some websites. The play starts out with twenty year old Clay riding on the subway. Lula makes a somewhat seductive entrance and starts talking with Clay. She is very seductive and makes him feel comfortable until she begins to insult and embarrass him on the train. He smacks her around a little and when he decides to get off the train she stabs him twice, killing him. The rest of the people on the train ignore it and quickly exit. On comes another young black man and Lula begins her next act. Dutchman
-The poem An Agony. As Now was written in 1964 Native American from the inside looking out He has been made to hate himself due to the majority of white society Similar to “Man in the Iron Mask” -A Poem for Willie Best also written in 1964 Written about an African American actor known as Sleep’n’eat -Will They Cry When You’re Gone, You Bet Poetry
Baraka became known as the founder of the Black Arts
Movement in Harlem in the 1960s.
Wrote poems and monographs on Jazz and Blues around
this time as well
- Black oppression, racism, sexism, and homophobia
Who pay the CIA, Who knew the bomb was gonna blow Who know why the terrorists Learned to fly in Florida, San Diego Who know why Five Israelis was filming the explosion Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombed Who told 4000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers To stay home that day “ Somebody Blew up America”