Amiri Baraka’s Cuba Libre

TEACHERS: Black radical Amiri Baraka’s groundbreaking 1966 essay Cuba Libre is a must-have for your class on Cuba and African Americans/Afro-Cubans this fall! Integrate it easily into your classroom with our complete syllabus guide based on Black and Cuba!

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Icon: Amiri Baraka

Photo Courtesy of The Poetry Foundation

Photo Courtesy of The Poetry Foundation

Are artists obligated to be activists? For Amiri Baraka, the answer was yes. Baraka, born Everett LeRoi Jones in 1934, first became known for establishing the Black arts movement in the mid 1960s. He imagined the movement as an attempt to be Black in form, accessible to Black people, and so effective it could be used as a weapon against racism. In further support of this movement he set up the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School (BARTS) in Harlem with an aim at advancing the Cultural Revolution.

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Amiri Baraka and the Obligation of Artists

 

Portrait of Amiri Baraka by former Black Panther Party Revolutionary Artist Emory Douglas.

Portrait of Amiri Baraka by former Black Panther Party Revolutionary Artist Emory Douglas.

Are artists obligated to be activists? To Amiri Baraka, born Everett LeRoi Jones in 1934, the answer was “Yes!”. Baraka first became known for establishing the Black Arts Movement in the mid 1960s and described the movement as an attempt to be Black in form, accessible to Black people, and so effective it could be used as a weapon against racism. In further support of this movement he set up the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School (BARTS) in Harlem with an aim at advancing the Cultural Revolution. (more…)