Goodbye, Amiri Baraka

The real power of influence occurs when you influence people who don’t even realize that they’ve been influenced by you. They may not even know who you are. This mainly happens when your art is so deeply embedded with love and your desire to see change in the world that the message becomes detached from the author and travels on its own. From heart to heart. We felt Amiri Baraka. I wasn’t even born yet and I felt him.

—Saul Williams, writing about Amiri Baraka, who died at 79 on Jan 9, 2014.

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