It’s Nation Time in NewArk: Amiri Baraka and the Black Power Experiment in Newark, New Jersey

  • Komozi Woodard


Pushing many of the feeble organizations aside, thousands of black youth stormed into militant Black Power organizations from coast to coast. Where there were only small Black Power organizations, they filled the ranks and made them bigger. Where there were no Black Power organizations in their locality, they established branches, and in that manner groups such as the Oakland Black Panther Party, the Los Angeles US Organization, and Amiri Baraka’s Committee for a Unified NewArk (CFUN) became national phenomena in 1968.


Black Community Black People Urban Renewal Black Panther Party Police Brutality 
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© Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard, with Matthew Countryman 2003

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