Historically Speaking: An Evening with Secretary Bunch and Mayor Ras Baraka
- Thursday, February 24, 2022
- 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join the Museum for a virtual program with Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka for the release of The Book of Baraka, a new Audible Original. Secretary Bunch will interview Mayor Baraka about his life filled with poetry and politics as the son of Amiri Baraka, one of the most influential and outspoken poets of the 1960’s and ‘70s. The Book of Baraka mixes prose and poetry, telling the tale of how Mayor Baraka went from aspiring spoken-word artist to school principal to successful politician, with stories about the fascinating figures he encountered along the way, like Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill—who famously featured him on her debut album. We hope you enjoy this program featuring two Newark natives.