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

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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 nationalism in the urban centers of late-twentieth-century America, including his part in the election of black public officials, his leadership in the Modern Black Convention Movement, and his work in housing and community development.

Komozi Woodard traces Baraka's transformation from poet to political activist, as the rise of the Black Arts Movement pulled him from political obscurity in the Beat circles of Greenwich Village, swept him into the center of the Black Power Movement, and ultimately propelled him into the ranks of black national political leadership. Moving outward from Baraka's personal story, Woodard illuminates the dynamics and remarkable rise of black cultural nationalism with an eye toward the movement's broader context, including the impact of black migrations on urban ethos, the importance of increasing population concentrations of African Americans in the cities, and the effect of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on the nature of black political mobilization.

Synopsis:

In giving us much to discuss and debate in its richly informative and insightful pages, [this book] deserves the widest possible audience.

American Quarterly A well-researched, decidedly worthwhile study that enhances our understanding of Black Power stratagems.

American Historical Review The best published work on the black power movement to date.

Journal of American History The author does an excellent job of exploring the complexities of the modern black struggle for freedom in America.

American Studies The most important book to be written about the Black Power Movement.

The Gaither Reporter

Synopsis:

Examines Amiri Baraka•s cultural approach to Black Power politics and explores his role in the spread of black nationalism in the urban centers of the late 20th-century America.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I. Rise

1. Groundwork: The Impact of Fidel Castro, Patrice Lumumba, Robert F. Williams, and Malcolm X on Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement

2. Black Fire: Imamu Amiri Baraka and the Newark Uprising

3. The Ballot or the Bullet? The Politics of Cultural Nationalism in Newark

4. The Modernization of Cultural Nationalism: The Black and Puerto Rican Convention and the Election of Newark's First Black Mayor

Part II. Zenith and Decline

5. It's Nation Time: Building a National Black Political Community

6. Hard Facts: Kawaida Towers and the Dilemma of Cultural Nationalism in Black America

Conclusion: Winter in America

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Illustrations

Baraka filming Black Spring

Baraka after release from prison in 1968

"Stop Killer Cops" campaign booklet

Baraka, leader of the Congress of African People

Baba Mshauri with Ras Baraka and Saidi Komozi

The Malaika, women of the Newark Congress of African People

Super Simba Boot Dancers

Baraka's cultural group, The Advanced Workers

Ras and Shani Baraka

Obalaji Baraka selling Unity and Struggle newspaper

Baraka with Kenneth Gibson, Dennis Westbrooks, and Albert Cleage

Baraka speaking at Newark City Hall

The Barakas at Kenneth Gibson's inauguration as mayor of Newark

Baraka at the founding meeting of the Congress of African People

FBI memorandum targeting Baraka in 1970

Newark demonstration against Portuguese attack on Guinea

The Barakas at African Liberation Day march

Baraka and Naibu Mchochezi meet with Tanzanian officials

Malaika dance about women in the wars of African liberation

Baraka and Hoyt Fuller

Baraka organization's plan for the redevelopment of Newark's inner city

Baraka reading poetry

Baraka at the National Black Assembly in 1975

Amina Baraka and other New Jersey delegates at National Black Assembly

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807847619
Author:
Woodard, Komozi
Author:
Woodard, K. Komozi
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C. :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Revolutionaries
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Black nationalism
Subject:
Black power
Subject:
Baraka, Imamu Amiri
Subject:
Black power -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
African American political activists
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
race; civil rights; black cultural nationalism; poet; playwright; Black Arts Movement; Modern Black Convention Movement; housing; community development; political activist; 1965 Voting Rights Act; Trenton, New Jersey
Subject:
African Americans--Politics and government
Subject:
Black power -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Race
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
black cultural nationalism
Subject:
Poet
Subject:
playwright
Subject:
Black Arts movement
Subject:
Modern Black Convention Movement
Subject:
Housing
Subject:
Community development
Subject:
political activist
Subject:
1965 Voting Rights Act
Subject:
Trenton, new jersey
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
February 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 352 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807847619 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In giving us much to discuss and debate in its richly informative and insightful pages, [this book] deserves the widest possible audience.

American Quarterly A well-researched, decidedly worthwhile study that enhances our understanding of Black Power stratagems.

American Historical Review The best published work on the black power movement to date.

Journal of American History The author does an excellent job of exploring the complexities of the modern black struggle for freedom in America.

American Studies The most important book to be written about the Black Power Movement.

The Gaither Reporter

"Synopsis" by , Examines Amiri Baraka•s cultural approach to Black Power politics and explores his role in the spread of black nationalism in the urban centers of the late 20th-century America.
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