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Unformatted text preview: Research • Served three years in the U.S. air force • Founded Totem press in 1958, which published beat icons such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg • Married his first wife, Hettie Cohen, in 1958 • A trip to Cuba in 1960 transformed him into a politically active artist • 1966 married his second wife Sylvia Robinson • 1967 adopted the name Amear Baraka and later changed to Amiri Baraka • 1974 started writing his autobiography • 2003 Baraka's daughter Shani was murdered at the age of 31 Somebody Blew Up America They say its some terrorist, some barbaric A Rab, in Afghanistan It wasn't our American terrorists It wasn't the Klan or the Skin heads Or the them that blows up nigger Churches, or reincarnates us on Death Row It wasn't Trent Lott Or David Duke or Giuliani Or Schundler, Helms retiring In the Funk World If Elvis Presley/ is King Who is James Brown, God?...
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- Fall '10
- Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, U.S. Air Force, Amear Baraka, politically active artist