October 7 would have been the 80th birthday of the late Amiri Baraka, and his beloved city of Newark will soon commemorate it. On October 10, Newark Symphony Hall will host an evening of poetry, music and dramatic performances to honor Baraka.
Newark born and raised, Baraka was a dramatist, novelist and poet who used his work as weapons against racism, becoming an influential activist for the rights of African Americans throughout a career that spanned several decades.
“Celebrate Amiri” is sponsored by the City of Newark and Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the son of Amiri Baraka. Other committee members of the event include the host Richard Wesley, Iqua Colson, Adegoke Steve Colson, Leon Denmark and Woodie King Jr.
An excerpt of Baraka’s “The Most Dangerous Man in America” will be performed by Art McFarland, a former ABC news personality, in addition to several other musical and poetic performances.
Some of the featured musicians and poets will include Felipe Luciano, who is also the city’s Communications Director, Jasmine Mans, Jessica Care Moore, James Mtume, Ntozake Shange, Quincy Troupe, the Arts High School Jazz Band, Pheeroan AkLaff, Adegoke, Steve Colson, Iqua Colson, Craig Harris, Oliver Lake, and Rene McLean.
“Celebrate Amiri” will begin at 8 p.m. at the Terrace Ballroom in Newark Symphony Hall, located at 1020 Broad Street. There will be a $5 admission fee.
Featured image courtesy of the City of Newark