Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Offensive And Achingly Beautiful

January 9, 2014 10:35 PM

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Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Offensive And Achingly Beautiful

One of America's most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79.

Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his childhood — where he recalled not being allowed to enter a segregated library — to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. His poem about that attack, "Somebody Bl...

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