Black Arts at Oxy

"Art is a weapon in the struggle of ideas..."

Everett Leroi Jones changed his name to Imamu Amiri Baraka in 1968 when he converted to Islam. He then assumed leadership of his own black Muslim organization Kawaida. Like Malcom X, Baraka was critical of the pacifism of the Civil Rights Movement . He was also an integral advocate of black arts during its early development and considered himself to be a "black cultural nationalist".

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