Nope, I didn’t forget it was Black History Month. Just been busy is all.
I always like to do something a little deeper for February. Particularly I’m into audio artifacts (such as an actual phone conversation between Martin Luther King and President Lyndon Johnson).
Today, I’m sharing a 1984 classroom lecture by Amiri Baraka, the writer and radical-left activist, on the development of black literature.
Click here to hear a 9-minute excerpt. For the entire 95-minute sound file, follow this link to Internet Archive.
This lecture – delivered at Naropa University in Colorado – is part of the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, a repository of hipness that demands further examination.
The Internet is a free university at your fingertips, y’all. Blows my mind sometimes.
Anyway, Baraka begins with a reference to his essay collection “Daggers and Javelins,” which was published in ’84.