african free school
Article written by State Assemblyman Anthony Imperiale, in which he explains his opposition to the Kawaida Towers housing project. Kawaida Towers, a high-rise housing project that Baraka planned to build in Newark’s predominantly white North Ward, was met by fierce opposition from white residents and politicians. — Credit: Seton Hall University Libraries
Pamphlet distributed by the Committee For Unified Newark (CFUN) in 1972, outlining the major programs, projects, teachings, and ideologies of the organization. CFUN was a cultural nationalist organization established in 1968 by Amiri Baraka aimed at achieving Black political power in Newark. — Credit: The Black Power Movement, Pt. 1 (microfilm)
Educational Proposal created by the Committee For Unified Newark to establish an “Experimental College” in Newark’s Black community. CFUN was a cultural nationalist organization established in 1968 by Amiri Baraka aimed at achieving Black political power in Newark. — Credit: Amiri Baraka Papers, Columbia University Libraries
Flyer for an awards ceremony and fundraising event for the Afrikan Free School, an independent school established by Amina Baraka in 1967. One of the Committee For Unified Newark’s (CFUN) most successful program, the African Free School was initially formed to improve literacy for children in Newark, and grew to earn national recognition. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Official platform of the Black and Puerto Rican Convention, ratified on November 15, 1969, the second day of the Convention. The platform, developed through the Convention’s workshops, put forth a progressive political agenda for Newark’s 1970 Mayoral and City Council elections that all candidates nominated at the Convention agreed to be bound by.
In this unpublished essay written in 2013, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) describes the histories of The Spirit House at 33 Stirling Street in Newark.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.