is impossible to read this eulogy without thinking of Ossie
Davis talking about Malcolm X. Ras clears the air of foul fumes that crept into
the crevices of newspaper obits about his father. The Dutchman's son shaped out
of "Clay" and pulled from Ellison's fiction. His words are as honest as
the blues. Ras playing the chords of his father's words—sounding
as remarkable as Ellington. Not only "playing" in the
tradition but further composing the motion of history.
Everything you wanted to know about Amiri Baraka is told by Ras. A sweet summary of life with all its hotness.Black fire as if the world could be reduced to ashes and then
turned back into memory.
From the opening note by E. Ethelbert Miller
We are honored to share
that Black Classic Press has published the eulogy, A Black Fire!written and delivered by Ras Baraka at the home going
celebration for his father, Amiri Baraka. The eulogy closed the four-hour service
which was attended by more than 3,000 celebrants and hosted by actor and
activist, Danny Glover.
Ras Baraka delivered the rhapsodizing
eulogy in the tradition of his father, who was an extraordinary master of the
praise form. Amiri Baraka delivered eulogies honoring the famous and
well-known, such as James Baldwin and John Coltrane. He also honored lesser known
individuals, including friends and relatives. One of Amiri Baraka's more moving eulogies
was for his daughter, Shani, who was
tragically killed in 2003.
The video of Ras's eulogy can be viewed here
(scroll to the bottom of the page for his eulogy, only.)
For now, the eulogy is
only available from Black Classic Press and can be purchased by calling 410.2421.6954 or