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RBG Memories of Home, Teachers and Luv-HISTORY is a WEAPON

RBG Memories of Home, Teachers and Luv-HISTORY is a WEAPON

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RBG Memories of Home, Teachers and Luv
A Tribute to My First PoliticalScience and Cultural Orientation Teacher Dr. Amiri Baraka| The Poet That Drove the Movement
http://www.amiribaraka.com/ As I am a Native of Newark, N.J., Dr. Baraka was one of my first and most influential Leaders and Teachers: I attended his school (The NewArk School) and was a member of his Cultural Nationalist Organization (Kawaida) as a young lad of 15. Well known to be the "Most Important Living Black Poet" every since the 1960s", Dr. Baraka is the engine behind "my revolutionary computer art and scholastic pursuits".
The 1967 Newark Rebellion was a major civil disturbance that occurred in the city of Newark, New Jersey between July 12 and July 17 1967. Although referred to in the popular media as riots, we in the Black community, then and today, realize the event as a genuine rebellion against oppression. I was only 9 year old at the time so I really didn't know what was going on. However, I can still see the Troops driving through my neighborhood, not being able to go to the store or leave the back yard and having to be in the house at 6:00pm. I also remember my parents talking about how they would have the Black National Guard out with the White ones only during the day. At night it was only the White ones, shottin up the projects.
I was living on 6th Street and South Orange Avenue; with my mother, father and 2 brothers and 3 sisters. I was the oldest at 12. My area was a part of the heart the happenings. As I got old enough to learn what happen I found out that in the period leading up to the rebellion, several factors led our residents to feel powerless and disenfranchised. In particular we had been largely excluded from any say in city politics and completely lacked political representation and often suffered police brutality. Furthermore, unemployment, abject poverty, and concerns about low-quality housing contributed to the tinder-box. Yes, we lived in an attic apartment, my dad was a day laborer and mom wasn't working, I had 6 younger brothers and sisters and we all slept in the same room...but what the hell did I know. This ongoing oppression came to a head when a Black cab driver named John Smith was arrested for illegally passing a double-parked police car and brutally beaten by police who accused him of resisting arrest. A crowd gathered outside the police station where he was detained, and a rumor was started that he had been killed while in police custody. (Actually he had been moved to City Hospital.)

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