N.J. Poet Laureate And Author, Amiri Baraka, Dead At Age 79


After being placed in Beth Israel Medical Center’s ICU in December, activist Amiri Baraka died today (Jan. 9) from complications following a surgery, NJ.com reports.

Luis Quintana, Mayor of Newark, said he went to visit the “Blues People” author in the hospital two weeks ago. “He was more than poet he was a leader in his own right. He’s going to be missed and our condolences go out to his family today.”

The literary figure is known for his controversial passages such as “Somebody Blew Up America,” “The Lullabye of Avon Avenue,” and his 1964 poetic book, “Dead Lecturer.” Baraka was also co-founder of the pivotal Black Arts movement, dating back to the 1960s.

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