The Legacy Project’s Commemoration Committee
Spirit House: Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement in Newark, New JerseyÂ
Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom
Following the violent deaths of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., no one did more to reshape Black identity, space, and sound for African Americans in the United States than Amiri Baraka. While he is famous for his cultural work associated with initially developing the Black Arts Movement in New York City during the 1960s, Barakaâ€™s enduring legacy continues to be felt in New Jersey. Commemorating Black History Month, this talk explores Barakaâ€™s life of activism and the Black Arts Movementâ€™s impact on Newark, New Jersey.
About the speaker
Dr.Â PeterÂ ClavinÂ is an instructor of English at CCM and teaches American Studies, English, and History throughout New Jersey. He graduated from the University at Buffalo-SUNY in June 2019, and his dissertation explores the politics and pedagogy of Amiri Barakaâ€™s lifelong activism. He is currently working on turning his dissertation into a book. (courtesy of Dr. Peter Clavin)