2027 West Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Spirit Reach: A Twin Cities Tribute to Imamu Amiri Baraka
Presented by members of the local literary, visual and performing arts communities
WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 2-4pm (Free) │ WHERE: Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411│ CONTACT: 612-822-0015
Spirit Reach is a community curated event that represents the impact poet, playwright, fiction writer, essayist, educator and activist Leroi Jones/Imamu Amiri Baraka (1934-2014) has had on the Twin Cities literary and performing arts communities. The event will be hosted by author Alexs Pate and arts community leader Arleta Little. Performers include a host of nationally and internationally recognized artists that call the Twin Cities their home, artists such as Douglas Ewart, Toki Wright, Shá Cage, Emmanuel Ortiz, Leah Nelson, E.G. Bailey, Donald, Faye and Kevin Washington, Bao Phi, Tish Jones, J. Otis Powell‽, Lisa Brimmer, Andrea Jenkins, Davu Seru, Chaun Webster, Truthmaze and Louis Alemayehu. The event will be preceded by a catered reception.
Leroi Jones/Imamu Amiri Baraka (1934-2014) is the best known writer of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The Black Arts Movement is largely understood as the cultural wing of the Black Power Movement. Baraka became one of its cofounders when, following the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965, he moved from Manhattan’s Lower East Side—where he a had been living and working as one of the most prominent members of the Beat Generation—to Harlem, where he opened the Black Arts Repertory Theatre. In 2002 he was named poet laureate of the state of New Jersey before having his position challenged by critics of his 9/11-themed poem, “Somebody Blew up America.” Following his death on January 9th writers like Maya Angelou noted that he had been Americas’ greatest living poet. His impact on writers and intellectuals is immeasurable.
Event sponsors include: McKnight Foundation, Insight News, Givens Foundation for African American Literature, Pangea World Theatre, KFAI Radio and University of Minnesota Libraries.