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Amiri Baraka dies at 79; provocative poet lauded, chided for social passion

Amiri Baraka dies at 79; provocative poet lauded, chided for social passion

Never shy about his revolutionary views, Amiri Baraka gave New Jersey's governor fair warning of possible fireworks when he was named the state's poet laureate. "You're gonna catch hell for this," said Baraka, who began his lengthy literary career as LeRoi Jones. "I can take it," then-Gov. James McGreevey told Baraka at a ceremony in August 2002. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Amiri Baraka: An obituary on writer and activist Amiri Baraka in the Jan. 10 LATExtra section said his daughter Shani and her half sister Wanda Pasha were fatally shot by Pasha's estranged husband in 2003. The shootings occurred in Wanda Pasha's home, but the...

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