A Nation within a Nation by Komozi Woodard
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.
 

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Komozi Woodard is professor of American history, public policy, and Africana studies at Sarah Lawrence College and author of "A Nation within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics".
 
Published February 22, 1999 by The University of North Carolina Press. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Woodard examines the role of poet Amiri Baraka's cultural politics on Black Power and black nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s. After a brief overview of the evolution of black nationalism since s

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