The collection consists of materials from the years 1913 through 1998
that document African American author and activist Amiri Baraka and were
gathered by Dr. Komozi Woodard in the course of his research. The
extensive documentation includes poetry, organizational records, print
publications, articles, plays, speeches, personal correspondence, oral
histories, as well as some personal records. The materials cover
Baraka’s involvement in the politics in Newark, N.J. and in Black Power
movement organizations such as the Congress of African People, the
National Black Conference movement, the Black Women’s United Front.
Later materials document Baraka’s increasing involvement in Marxism.