Known as one of the most respected and influential writers in our time, Amiri Baraka was an African-American who focused all his writing efforts on black liberation and white racism. Best known for his works of poetry, he also wrote drama, fiction and essays. His first collection of poetry, “Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note,” was published in 1961 and concentrated on racial tension and hostility toward whites. In his career of over 50 years, Baraka became a professor who taught at a number of universities. He has won both fame and praise for his works as well as awards, literary prizes and honors,
In this 27 minute video, Bill Moyers and Baraka discuss his passion for equality for African Americans and his view of equality in today’s society. This video showcases readings by Baraka and include “Funklore”, “First Fire,” “Wise-Africa,” and more.