Historic [Audio] from WNYC Radio of the late Activist, Poet and Playwright Amiri Baraka
He was known as LeRoi Jones at the time of this recording.
On February 17, 1965 Baraka read his essay “The Revolutionary Theater” at the Overseas Press Club, following the release of his Obie Award-winning The Dutchman and just four days before the assassination of Malcolm X.
WNYC has the audio of the speech that catapulted Baraka from charismatic Greenwich Village maverick into a radicalized black nationalist in Harlem in a pivitol time for the country at large:
An explosive reading and question & answer segment when put into the context of 1965! [AUDIO] http://www.wnyc.org/story/188902-amiri-baraka/.
Check out The Roots and Questlove's collaboration with Amiri Baraka below.
i had the pleasu---pardon me i had the honor of working with Amiri Baraka on our 5th album Phrenology. http://t.co/az099IW13x Rest In Power.
— Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) January 9, 2014
Interview posted January 2013