Interview with Amiri Baraka

Talk specifically about the Coleman Young walkout. I mean what, what's that about.


Well Coleman Young walked out because Coleman Young at the time was representing the United Auto Workers. He might still be representing the United Auto Workers as mayor of Detroit. But he walked out because somebody had proposed a, a Black union, where the unions wouldn't serve Black people, that there should be a Black union organized. So, Young, had to hit the silt because he represented, you know, the UAW, and so he pulled the whole Michigan delegation out. I was the Secretary General. I presiding on the floor and I didn't know what, what he was doing. So we had to call a recess, and I had to go back there and find out what was on his mind. And it turned out that was it.