A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and Black Power Politics

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 329 pages
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Poet and playwright Amiri Baraka is best known as one of the African American writers who helped ignite the Black Arts Movement. This book examines Baraka's cultural approach to Black Power politics and explores his role in the phenomenal spread of black
 

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The world in which we live owes so much to the likes and works of the late Amiri Baraka. He was always thinking and looking for ways to create a safe space to be Afrikan, Black and proud. I cannot find a better person nor place to harness the multi-talented and brilliant life of this tireless visionary than 'A Nation Within a Nation' written by the profound penmanship of Komozi Woodard.  

Contents

Introduction
1
Groundwork The Impact of Fidel Castro Patrice Lumumba Robert F Williams and Malcolm X on Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement
49
Black Fire Imamu Amiri Baraka and the Newark Uprising
69
The Ballot or the Bullet?
91
The Modernization of Cultural Nationalism The Black and Puerto Rican Convention and the Election of Newarks First Black Mayor
114
Its Nation Time Building a National Black Political Community
159
Hard Facts Kawaida Towers and the Dilemma of Cultural Nationalism in Black America
219
Winter in America
255
Notes
271
Bibliography
293
Index
311
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Komozi Woodard is professor of American history at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. He has also worked extensively as an activist and journalist.

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