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“I live in my dreams — that’s what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That’s the difference.”

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Newark, New Jersey: Community members, activists and artists pack the 3,000-capacity Newark Symphony Hall to honor Comrade Amiri Baraka at his funeral, January 18, 2014.

Top: Amiri Baraka’s casket on stage

2nd: Part of the crowd in Symphony Hall

3rd:  Danny Glover tells how his acting career began when Baraka told members of Glover’s Black Student Union that, “You so-called revolutionaries need to be in a play.”

4th: Rukia Lumumba brought solidarity from her father, Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

Bottom: Sonia Sanchez read a poem sent by Maya Angelou, then performed her own tribute: “Woke up thinking of Baraka … Resist! Resist! Resist!” 

Photos by redguard