Amiri Baraka is one of the most recognized and lauded writers and poets of his generation, and one of the most widely respected and published African American writers this side of James Baldwin.
Baraka was in Atlanta and at Clark Atlanta University for the CAU History Department's W. E. B. Du Bois and the Wings Of Atlanta 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference.
Baraka stopped in to chat with Jay Edwards about the challenges faced by all of those in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora.
He also took time to talk about contemporary American politics, failed African American political leaders, and the legacy of Du Bois, one of CAU's shining lights.
Their discussion of what the mainstream culture will show of the depth and breadth of the African American experiences encompasses Birth Of A Nation, Gone With The Wind, and Django Unchained.
If you would like more information about CAU's Du Bois Legacy Project, click here.
If you missed Jay's provocative chat with Baraka on air during Jazz Tones, you can listen to it on demand here.
W. E. B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference