Poet and playwright Amiri Baraka died in early January.
He was revered as an unapologetic champion of the Black Power Movement.
Baraka’s influence on American culture has been profound, and to celebrate his contributions a group of Minnesota artists have planned a major event for this Saturday.
“Spirit Reach: A Twin Cities Tribute to Imamu Amiri Baraka” will happen at 3 in the afternoon this coming Saturday, April 12, at the Capri Theater on West Broadway in Minneapolis. The show will feature Douglas Ewart, Toki Wright, Shá Cage, E.G. Bailey and many others, including j. Otis powell, who appeared recently on the KFAI program “Conversations with Al McFarlane”.
Here’s some of what Powell said about the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka.