A view from inside the Hekalu, the headquarters of the Committee For Unified Newark, during a jazz performance to celebrate Kwanzaa. The Hekalu was a hub for political and cultural expression and nationalism, regularly hosting concerts, performances, and film screenings grounded in the politics of liberation and nationalism. — Credit: Newark Public Library
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Photograph of Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) playing football with members of the Committee For Unified Newark (CFUN). The men can be seen wearing CFUN sweatshirts, along with buttons with Baraka’s face on them. — Credit: Amiri Baraka Papers, Columbia University Library
Photo of Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) from the late 1960s. After being arrested and badly beaten during the 1967 Newark Rebellion, Baraka became a highly visible figure in the struggle for Black Power in Newark.
Photo of Amiri Baraka in the foreground, with Ken Gibson just behind him. Baraka and Gibson were both members of the United Brothers, a coalition of Black leaders in Newark organized to develop a “Black United Front” to take power in the mayoral election of 1970. — Credit: Newark Public Library
An undated newsletter from the Committee For Unified Newark (CFUN) carrying a message from Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) regarding government surveillance and infiltration of nationalist organizations. The FBI’s Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO) actively surveilled, infiltrated, and sought to disrupt and destroy civil rights and black power organizations in the 1960s.
Letter from Committee For Unified Newark (CFUN) member John Bugg, to Robert Curvin, inviting him to a planning meeting for what would become the Black and Puerto Rican Convention in 1969. CFUN and the United Brothers collaborated with other civil rights leaders and organizations in Newark to organize this political convention for the purpose of running black candidates in the 1970 city elections.
Cover of a spoken word album composed by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and the Spirit House Movers in 1968. The album was produced by the Jihad record label, operated out of The Spirit House, and also produced music from jazz legend Sun Ra.
In this unpublished essay written in 2013, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) describes the histories of The Spirit House at 33 Stirling Street in Newark. Baraka explains the context of The Spirit House’s founding, along with its political, cultural, and historic significance for Newark and the Black Arts Movement. This essay was generously given to “The North” by Amina Baraka.
Poster announcing a fundraiser event for The Newark Fund on February 22, 1970, featuring Civil Rights Movement veterans Rev. C.T. Vivian and Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer. The Newark Fund was established by Amiri Baraka to support the campaigns of candidates nominated by the Black and Puerto Rican Convention, which the United Brothers and Committee For Unified Newark helped to organize.