Interview with Amiri Baraka

Now, is that why you began to see the African dress and the, and the?


I think that's, it, it deepens from that point on, you know, I mean, Africa at that point didn't, the whole liberation struggles begin to be emphasized. People like Nkrumah, people like Kabra[SIC], people like Sekou Toure, they began to come into the, come to the fore, you know. And, ah, ah, of course the South African struggle, you know, there were people there and African revolution was gaining some kind of a place in, you know, young Black intellectuals' consciousness here in this country. And, ah, then of course, Malcolm talking about Africa and, you know, the Mau Mau Rebellion, you know, even, ah, in New York City, you know, which people think is relatively sophisticated, they used to have, ah, there used to just store. I remember on Broadway they used to have photographs in the windows, that were trying to depict the Mau Mau Rebellion, the way they way they try to depict the Palestinians now, some kind of mad terrorists, you know. And they had pictures of Kenyatta and pictures of the Mau Mau. They was supposed to be like taking White people's heads and you know, raping White nurses, you know, all kinds of, trying to make the, the Mau Mau seem like they were, ah, the beasts and the monsters, not the Belgians, who cut off people's hands, and not White supremacy and imperialism, which it is. And you know, even to this day, you know, with invasion of Grenada and so forth.