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  1. 1. AMIRI BARAKA<br />Life and Times<br />
  2. 2. Amiri Baraka<br />Amiri Baraka was born on October 7th 1934 Newark, New Jersey<br />He was born with the name Everett Leroy Jones<br />It wasn’t until 1967 that he changed it<br />
  3. 3. Amiri Baraka<br />Growing up, Baraka went to the public schools of Newark and then on to Rutgers University and Howard University.<br />After leaving Howard University in 1954, he joined the U.S. Air Force, only to later be discharged for unapproved political activities.<br />
  4. 4. Amiri Baraka<br />After his military discharge, Baraka settled in New York City.<br />He married a woman named Hettie Cohen and worked as a critic, coeditor, and other positions for mainstream Jazz magazines.<br />
  5. 5. Amiri Baraka<br /> His most recognizable and best known for work came in 1964, when Baraka produced Dutchman.<br />Dutchman won an Obie award for being one of the year’s best Off-Broadway plays.<br />
  6. 6. Amiri Baraka<br />In 1965 Baraka left his wife and children and moved to Harlem, where he announced himself as a black cultural nationalist and founded the Black Arts Repertory Theatre. <br />He soon after married a black woman, Sylvia Robinson (who later became Amina Baraka) and had five children. <br />
  7. 7. Amiri Baraka<br />Through the 1960’s Baraka’s writings developed more and more into radical and racial identity.<br />In his early work, Amiri Baraka wrote of topics like suicide, death, and self hatred. But his view took a new turn in the sixties and he focused highly on the separation of the races and political activism.<br />
  8. 8. Amiri Baraka<br />Baraka was very involved in confronting the racial issues being faced in the sixties.<br />He was an outspoken leader in the Black Nationalist Movement in the late sixties and was a close associate the Black Panther party.<br />
  9. 9. Amiri Baraka<br />Amiri Baraka had another change of heart in 1964 when his political ideology underwent another change.<br />He abandoned black nationalism and embraced Marxist Lenninism, supporting the revolutionary overthrow of capitalist system, whether black or white.<br />
  10. 10. Amiri Baraka<br />Baraka taught at several different universities through the sixties and seventies<br />Since the 1980’s he has taught at the State University of New York, Stony Brook<br />He continues to write poetry and drama as well as essay on social subjects and on Jazz. He is still highly recognized for his brilliant piece Dutchman.<br />

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