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Activist and Poet Amiri Baraka to Speak at Creighton

Activist and Poet Amiri Baraka to Speak at Creighton

Poet and activist Amiri Baraka will give a lecture and poetry reading at Creighton University from 5 p.m. to 6:30 on Monday, Feb. 5, in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on the Creighton campus. His talk is titled “An Overview of 1960’s activism.” The event is free and open to the public.

In 1956, Baraka began his career as a writer, activist, and advocate of black culture and political power. In 1958 he founded Totem Press. In Harlem he established the Black Arts Repertory Theatre, which presented poetry readings, concerts, and produced a number of plays including “The Dutchman” which received the Off Broadway award for the best American play of 1963-64. It was made into film in 1966, directed by Anthony Harvey, and starring Shirley Knight and Al Freeman Junior.

The theatre was disbanded in 1966 and Baraka set up in Newark the Spirit House, a black community theatre (also known as the Heckalu Community Centre). In 1968 Baraka founded the Black Community Development and Defense Organization. He has also been Secretary-General of the National Black Political Assembly and Chairman of the Congress of African People.

Posted: 1/31/07