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Baraka, Imamu Amiri ([Everett] LeRoi Jones)

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Born: 1934 AD
Currently alive, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Dramatist, Writers

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American writer of poetry, drama, essays, and music criticism.

 

1934 - Born Everett LeRoi Jones on 7th of October in  Newark, New Jersey.

 

Studied Philosophy and Religious studies at Rutgers University, Columbia University, and Howard University.

 

1954 - Baraka joined the U.S. Air Force reaching the rank of sergeant.

 

1957 - Discharged from United States Air Force service and moved to New York's Greenwich Village.

 

1958 - Founded Totem Press, which published such Beat icons as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

 

1960-1963 -  Married Hettie Cohen and they became joint editor of the Yugen, a literary magazine.

 

1960 - Baraka went to Cuba, which initiated his transformation into a politically active artist.

 

1961 - Published the Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note.

 

1963 - Published by Blues People: Negro Music in White America.

 

1964 - His play, The Dutchman, premiered and the he won an Obie Award for it.

 

1967 - LeRoi Jones adopted the Arabic name, Imamu Amiri Baraka, which he later changed to Amiri Baraka.

 

         - Baraka became a lecturer at San Francisco State University.

 

1968 - Arrested in Newark, for illegally carrying a weapon.

 

1970 - He strongly supported Kenneth Gibson's candidacy for mayor of Newark.

 

1979 - Became a lecturer at SUNY for its Africana Studies Department.

 

1984 - Baraka became a full professor.

 

1987 - He was a speaker at the commemoration ceremony for James Baldwin.

 

1989 - Won an American Book Award for his works as well as a Langston Hughes Award.

 

1990 - Co-authored the autobiography of Quincy Jones.

 

1998 - Baraka was a supporting actor as a griot in Warren Beatty's film Bulworth.

 

2002 - The state of New Jersey made him poet laureate.

 

 

 


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