Since the early sixties, Amiri Baraka has been recognized with a number of awards and honors for his literary work. The long list is highlighted by Fellowships from National Endowments for Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Award for Drama and the Langston Hughes Award from the City College of New York. Apart from these, he was covered by New Jersey’s Largest Local Newspaper, ‘The Star Ledger’ for getting inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It named Baraka as Newarks’ Literary Giant and praised him as one of the important poets of his generation.
Amiri Baraka has been often viewed as controversial for his writings regarding racism but despite of this fact, is well respected internationally. His writing experience is diverse and includes a number of plays, collections of novels, essays, stories, autobiographies and music criticism. Although his art has often been eclipsed by his role as a social, cultural and political activist but foremost, he is one of the prolific writers of Newark.