In a rare West Coast appearance, poet, playwright, essayist and political activist Amiri Baraka will deliver a historic speech on the nation’s first African-American President, Barack Obama, at the Koret Auditorium in the Main Library, on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.
Baraka’s presentation is titled, “We Are Already in the Future! Barack Obama: Year One.” In 2008, during the primary and general election cycles, Bara¬ka continued to surprise, delight and provoke his friends and enemies with a series of rigorous, inventive and powerfully deciphering essays on then-candidate Obama. With this unique event, Baraka will revisit those essays, and bring his keen, and always original, interpretation of the Obama Presidency in its first year.
A transitional figure from the Beat Generation and Civil Rights Era, Baraka is also known as the father of the Black Arts Movement. Baraka is one of the true giants of international poetry and a towering presence in the U.S. The talk will be immediately followed by a discussion with poet and literary event organizer Justin Desmangles, and continue with an audience Q & A.
San Francisco Public Library
Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m
Main Library, Lower Level
100 Larkin St.