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Amiri Baraka 1934 - 2014
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January 10, 2014
To the Baraka my prayers are with your during this time of sadness but the Lord will take you through. Remembering Mr. Baraka growing up in Newark when he was Mr. Jones he was always a quiet man to me and always a gentleman with great knowledge always keep the memories alive that you share with each other.
January 10, 2014
i'm a 54 year old black lady. i just heard about baraka on public radio here in pittsburg pennsylvania. they played portions of his poem about 911. he was totally correct. i have to go and find the entire poem. blessings to his family.
January 09, 2014
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE BARAKA FAMILY, ALLOW THE WORKS THAT AMIRI BARAKA HAS DONE SPEAK TO YOU.KNOWING THAT HIS LABOR WAS NOT IN VAIN..HIS TRANSITION FROM LABOR TO REWARD.. GOD BLESS YOU ,MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE...
January 09, 2014
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends(Prov.17:17; 1 John 4:8).
January 09, 2014
Jesus died for us so we can have a chance for everlasting life in the near future along with all our loved ones who will be resurrected from death. What a joy that will be! Untill then continue to have faith and hope. With Sympathy .
January 09, 2014
To Amiri Baraka's family I am a native of Newark, NJ I presently reside in another state, but my family still lives there. I want to say I remember Amiri Baraka in my adolescent years as a teen. I remember a Black man, the only black man I can recall in Newark at that time I it was the late 60's who tried to improve the community, he wanted to build this high rise building. There was a lot of controversial issues regarding the building of this high rise building. During that time it was some racial tension in the City of Newark. I was reading a little bit about his biography. He was a black man who had a lot of courage. I also lived in his community myself and my daughter Erica who knows his family as well. I worked with his mom Lois Jones a very nice person. I thank God for people who stand up for what they believe. He took a stand during those times when it was a lot of tension of race in Newark in the late 60's. I remember seeing him and I spoke to him when I visited Newark. He was in the elevator at the Newark Library. A great writer, speaker, poet. A person who you would consider genuine. May God keep his family strong during this time of bereavement. A black man who made some positive changes in Newark, NJ as I can recall.
January 09, 2014
family, realize He is who we are. god bless.
January 09, 2014
AS A YOUNG GIRL GROWING UP IN BUTTERMILK BOTTOM (ATLANTA GEORGIA, READING YOUR WORK REALLY GAVE ME GREAT PRIDE..I AM SURE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIEND WILL FEEL A GREAT VOID. REST IN PEACE.
January 09, 2014
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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