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Funeral services held for poet, civil rights activist Amiri Baraka

The Newark native and controversial figure published dozens

The Newark native and controversial figure published dozens of poems, essays and works of non-fiction. He was also the father of Newark City Councilman Ras Baraka. (January 18, 2014 6:06 PM)

Funeral services were held Saturday morning for New Jersey poet laureate and civil rights activist Amiri Baraka.

More than 1,000 people waited outside Metropolitan Baptist Church to pay their respects at Baraka's wake Friday night, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Spike Lee and Oprah Winfrey.

His memorial service was held at Newark Symphony Hall on Broad Street. Actor Danny Glover,...

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