Amiri Baraka and the Congress of African People: History and by Michael Simanga (auth.)

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1989, p. 62) Prior to 1967–1970, because Baraka played a key role in the Black Arts Movement, he also had credibility within the Black Power Movement, but primarily as an artistic voice, not yet as a political leader. That would come shortly and he would emerge and remain one of the most influential Black Nationalist leaders in the country. The 36 AMIRI BARAKA AND THE CONGRESS OF AFRICAN PEOPLE Ken Gibson election was a pivotal achievement in Baraka’s shift from artistic to political leader because it legitimized his political organizing skills and leadership.

I could not discern whether it was an act of kindness or pity. I never saw her again because her family and many others moved out of the neighborhood during that break. It was the first and only Nancy Drew novel I owned or read. The year 1967 changed the city forever. In June a few days before school was going to break for the summer, I learned a second important lesson about cultural preservation and perpetuation when the war broke out in the Middle East between Israel and its Arab neighbors— Syria, Egypt, and Jordan.

They raised and sent money. The Jewish teachers thoroughly discussed their point of view of the issues related to the war in the classrooms and gave the students information and instruction that it was their obligation to support Israel in the war. They lobbied the local, state, and national government to support Israel. Previously, I had witnessed my parents and people in our community support the southern civil rights workers but not with this kind of immediate urgency and efficiency, and not in support of a cause across the ocean on another continent.

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