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by Amiri Baraka


Intended to cut clean through the oppression imposed upon the mainstream by society's "intellectual superstructure," this collection of revolutionary essays by literary and cultural legend Amiri Baraka raises numerous issues concerning contemporary African American life. The socially conscious will appreciate the creative analyses and stimulating critiques on display here, buoyed by Baraka's distinctive, bold, and aggressive opinions about the ways our culture bestows ignorance upon the ignorant merely to exploit them. Further developing the ideals of black nationalism and social justice that put Baraka on the cultural map, these essays dissect the sedentary attitudes of the American majority to promote a finer tomorrow.


Amiri Baraka is renowned as the founder of the Black Arts Movement in Harlem in the 1960s. He is a professor emeritus at the State University of New York–Stony Brook and the former Poet Laureate of New Jersey. He is the author of more than 40 books of essays, poems, music history, and criticism, including Blues People, Dutchman, and The Music. He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including an OBIE Award, the American Academy of Arts & Letters Award, and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Newark, New Jersey.

Paperback: 300 pages