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    Wednesday, July 13, 2005

    1967 Race Riots

    Today is the anniversary of the Newark Riots (7-13-67). Here's an interesting article from the local newspaper:

    A Newark man was convicted yesterday of murdering a daughter of poet Amiri Baraka and her friend in what the prosecutor called a plot to emotionally destroy the man's estranged wife, another of Baraka's daughters. (Full article found here @http://www.nj.com)

    Baraka, ironically, he got his name in the press some 38 years ago TODAY when he was arrested. He was known as Leroy Jones then and the cops gave him a beating which among other reasons provoked the Newark Riot.

    For more info about the 1967 riots go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1967_Newark_riots


    At 7/14/2005 3:25 PM, Blogger bayou_boy504 said...

    I got to see Amiri Baraka give a reading several years ago. It was great...


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