Interview with Amiri Baraka

OK, Tell me about--and if you could look at me when you talk--what was your image of Malcolm and how did he influence your writing?


Well, it's, you know, it's greater, I think, than, than minds, a particular era, a particular age. And, ah, for many of us Malcolm summed up the spirit of the age which was, not only resistance to, ah, White supremacy and imperialism but, ah, aggressive resistance to it. I think a lot of us had been raised watching Dr. King get beat up and, ah, we had seen the students, you know, the students in the, ah, Greensboro and people, you know, dumping ketchup on people's head and dragging people out. And so when Malcolm and the Nation of Islam rose up with the whole message of self defense, you know, along with self determination, self respect, he hit a chord, ah, in a lot of people. And I think I was just one of them, you know, who, ah, took that to be my particular feeling, my, my line about it.