FORA.tv Speaker - Ras Baraka
Ras Baraka, former Newark, N.J. Deputy Mayor, has been called â€œone of the most consistent, courageous,
and insightful activists of his generation.â€ The son of revered poet-activists Amina and Imamu Amiri
Baraka, Ras inherited their proud tradition of artistic excellence and community activism.
While a student at Howard University, Ras formed Black Nia F.O.R.C.E. (Freedom Organization for Racial and Cultural Enlightenment) - a student youth group at the forefront of campus political and social activism. Through the organization, Ras helped organize and participated in food/clothing drives, neighborhood street clean-ups, and tutorials. During his summer breaks, Ras served as Assistant Youth Coordinator for the Commission for Racial Justice. In 1991, he graduated with a degree in political
science and history.