Haki R. Madhubuti

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Birthday
23, 1942
Birthplace
Arkansas
Birth Sign
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Birthday
23, 1942 (age 76)
Birthplace
Arkansas

About

An African-American author and poet, he is best known for his 1990 work, Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous?: The African American Family in Transition. His other works include Claiming Earth: Race, Rage, Rape, Redemption (1994) and GroundWork: New and Selected Poems (1996).

Before Fame

He served in the U.S. Army in the early 1960s and subsequently received an MFA degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Trivia

His birth name was Don Luther Lee. In 1974, he changed his name to the Swahili words for just (Haki) and precise (Madhubuti).

Family Life

His slightly fictionalized autobiography, Yellow Black, tells the story of his life from birth until age twenty-one.

Associated With

He was a co-founder of Third World Press, which later published the works of Gwendolyn Brooks and other prominent African-American authors.