has been an important presence at Vision. But way before the Vision Festival he was a champion of the music, with his seminal books on Jazz, ‘Blues People’ and ‘Black Music’.
For many of the other artists and audiences who have participated each year, Baraka has been an inspiration. For the last five years Baraka helped organize the panel discussions that deepened the context and impact for the art that is presented.
This year, we not only wish to pay tribute to him by acknowledging his importance, but we also are looking to him for inspiration to continue the struggle and not become complacent. Therefore, EVERY night, we will feature a poet reading from his work.
Panel Discussions will further serve to convey a sense of his contributions.
Fiday, June 13 THE LEGACY OF AMIRI BARAKA: Art In Action. 4:30PM - 7:15PM.
Part 1 – Cultural Identity / Self Empowerment / the role of Free Jazz A retrospective in the First Person
Moderator: Mike Burke Democracy Now Panelists: Oliver Lake