Amina Baraka

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Amina Baraka


Amina Baraka, formerly Sylvia Jones, is the wife of Amiri Baraka.

Black Radical Congress

In March 1998 “Endorsers of the Call” to found a Black Radical Congress included Amina Baraka, Communist Party USA[1].

Communist award ceremony

The Communist Party of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware's 1990 annual Peoples Weekly World banquet honored Jim Moran, director of Philadelphia Area Project for Occupational Safety and Health, and Debbie Bell, local Party chairperson and treasurer of the Black Radical Congress. Royce Adams served as MC, while Eliott Kenin sang and Amina Baraka recited poetry.

Adams read out a tribute to Bell from Julian Bond of the NAACP - he said Bell was "part of a band of brothers and sisters who dared risk life and limb to make American democracy live up to its promise....you could not selected a finer life to celebrate or a finer person to honor."[2]

Robeson event sponsors

On May 31 1998 the Peoples Weekly World held a Paul Robeson birth centennial celebration in New York, at the Henry Winston Auditorium.

Speakers included Gus Hall, chairman of the Communist Party USA and Roger Green of the NY State Assembly.

Sponsors of the event included poet Amina Baraka, Grace T. Bassett, actress Vinie Burrows, former Peoples Voice editor Marvel Cooke, Councilmember Tom Duane, Attorney Rob Ellis, Assemblymember Roger Green, Gus Hall, Councilmember Bill Perkins, labor unionist Bobbie Rabinowitz, actor John Randolph, Pete Robinson, poet Sonia Sanchez, singer Pete Seeger, labor unionist Chris Silvera, PWW editor Tim Wheeler, New York City Coalition of Black Trade Unionists president Jim Webb and labor unionist Ira Williams.[3]

Communist Party MLK tribute

On January 19, 2002, the Communist Party USA newspaper, Peoples Weekly World published a signed tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr..

We salute Dr. King’s courage and vision. He saw and struggled for an America and world that can be. We pledge in his memory to work to reorder our nation’s priorities “so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.”

Signatories included Amina Baraka. Almost all signatories were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA[4].

Celebration of African-American culture and struggle

February 24 2013 14:00 - February 24 2013 16:00, At the Henry Winston Unity Hall, 235 W. 23rd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The majority voted against racism-unity is the mandate! "We are not going back!"

150 years since the signing of Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years since the great 1963 March on Washington.

Participants; Kahil Almustara, Amiri Baraka & Amina Baraka, People's Chorus, Pearl Granat, Chris Owens, Maria Ramos, Jarvis Tyner.[5]

Better World Awards

New York Friends of the People's World Newspaper in Honoring the Contributions of Outstanding New Yorkers at our Annual Awards Luncheon Celebration, November 7 2015.

This years theme is "The Challenge of 2016: Forging the Unity of the 99%"

Lifetime Achievement Honorees:

Amina Baraka - Renowned poet, singer and legendary activist and leader of the Black Arts movement & Ricky Eisenberg - Lifelong trade unionist and leader of the Communist Party of New York (CPUSA). Author of "Fast Food Workers on the Cutting Edge"

Better World Honorees:

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