Timeline

Please Note: ** Assigned Readings Surrounded by Asterisks **

Year Event Age
1934 Birth 0
1945 End WWII; Begin Cold War & Harry S. Truman President 11
1953  Dwight D. Eisenhower President 19
1954 Leaves Howard University (No Degree) & Joins USAF 20
1954 Brown v. Board of Education 20
1955 Rosa Parks & Montgomery Bus Boycott begin 21
1957 Discharge & Move to Greenwich Village 23
1958 1st Wife (Hettie Cohen) & Founds Totem Press 24
1959 1st Child: Kelly Elizabeth Jones 25
1960 Visits Cuba on behalf of FPCC & Begins editing for KULCHUR 26
1961 JFK Administration 27
1961 Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note; poetry collection **Poem** 27
1961 Published essay “Cuba Libre” 27
1961 Freedom Rides 27
1961 Bay of Pigs 27
1961 2nd Child: Lisa & co-foundsThe Floating Bear w/ Diane Di Prima 27
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis 28
1963 June; Medgar Evans Murder 29
1963 MLK Jr. “I Have a Dream” Speech 29
1963 JFK Murder & Lyndon B. Johnson President 29
1963 Blues People; Negro Music in White America (music critique) 29
1964 Obie Award for Dutchman; play 30
1964 The Dead Lecturer; poems; ** Political Poem ** 30
1964 Civil Rights Act 30
1964 June: 4 Civil Rights Activists Murdered 30
1964 Gulf of Tonkin Incident (Vietnam) & December Interview 30
1965 Malcolm X assassination (2.21) 31
1965 Divorce & Leaves KULCHUR 31
1965 Move to Harlem 31
1965 The System of Dante’s Hell, fiction novel 31
1966 Remarried to Sylvia Robinson 32
1967 July: Newark Riots & Arrest 33
1967 Name Change 33
1967 Death of Langston Hughes 33
1968 MLK Murder (4/4) & later Audio Interview (about arrest & trial) 34
1969 Black Magic: Collected Poetry 1961-67; Richard Nixon President; ** Ka’Ba Poem ** Black Art ** Babylon Revisited ** 35
1970 Kenneth Gibson wins Newark Mayor 36
1972 Child: Shani Baraka (Murdered in 2003) 38
1974 Gibson Split 40
1974 Marxist-Leninist Ideology emerges & Gerald Ford becomes President 40
1975 Fall of Saigon 41
1977 Jimmy Carter President 43
1979 Selected Poetry for Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones becomes Professor @ SUNY Stony Brook; ** Poem ** 45
1980 In the Tradition: For Black Arthur Blythe 46
1981 Reggae or Not! & Ronald Reagan President 48
1984 Daggers and Javelins: Essays 1974-1979 & Audio Interview 50
1987 The Music (Poems & Monographs on Music) 53
1989 Kimako’s Blues Peopleestablished & George H. W. Bush PresidentReading @ 59 (1992) 55
1993 Bill Clinton President & Lecture (1994) 61
1995 WISE, WHY’s, Y’s; poetry book in epic form & Transbluency: The Selected Poems (1961-95) 61
1996 Jesse Jackson and Black People”; Essay ; ** POEM ** 62
1999 ALLAH MEAN EVERYTHING; poem 65
2000 Blue Ark: The Word Ship; a Jazz Ensemble 66
2001 Somebody Blew Up America;poem & George W. Bush 67
2002 Laureate of NJ 68
2003 The Essence of Reparations* & Who Killed Our Little Shani 69
2009 Barack Obama President (Lecture on Obama & Black Liberation) 75
 2012 Birthday; October 10 78

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