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Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio from 1967-71. Stokes was the first black mayor of a major American city and the first black Democrat in the Ohio State Legislature, where he served three terms from 1962-67. As mayor, Stokes launched a number of programs to alleviate the problems of urban decay. Chief among these was Cleveland: NOW!, a joint public and private program with plans to raise $177 million in its first two years to revitalize Cleveland. The program was discredited due to the Glenville Shootout...
Amiri Baraka was born LeRoi Jones in Newark, New Jersey, in 1934. He was educated at Rutgers and Howard Universities, graduating from the latter at the age of 19. In 1958 he founded the influential poetry magazine Yugen, which ran until 1962. His writings, including fiction, essays, and poetry, appeared in such publications as The nation, Evergreen review, Downbeat, and The floating bear. From the description of Imamu Amiri Baraka papers, 1958-1982. (University of California, Berkele...
The National Black Political Convention, held in Gary, Ind., March 10-12, 1972, was an outgrowth of planning meetings conducted in 1971 by a broad cross-section of African American leaders. The convention's purpose was to develop a united political strategy for African Americans from 1972 forward. From the description of Collection, 1972-1973. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 39328851 ...