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Playwright And Activist Amiri Baraka To Speak At U.Va. On Sept. 24 As Part Of Black Leadership Series

September 16, 2002-- Amiri Baraka, playwright, poet and revolutionary activist during the 1960s, will speak at the University of Virginia Rotunda, Tuesday, Sept. 24.

His talk “Democracy, War, and the Responsibility of Intellectuals in a Bushwhacked America,” will be at 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Part of the University-wide, “Explorations in Black Leadership” series, it is sponsored by the Institute for Public History and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Baraka became nationally prominent in 1964 after the production of his award-winning play, “Dutchman.” The play marked the emergence of his heightened sense of racial awareness. Although he retired in 1999, after 20 years of teaching in the Department of Africana Studies at SUNY – Stony Brook, Baraka continues to write and speaks frequently at colleges and universities.

Contact: Katherine T. Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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