Born: October 7, 1934
Died: January 9, 2014
Occupation: Poet, actor, teacher, writer, activist
Biography: Amiri Baraka, formerly known as LeRoi Jones, was an American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays, and music criticism. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and has taught at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.