Currently alive, at 83 years of age.
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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.