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Amiri Baraka

Poet Haki Madhubuti headed in new direction

Poet Haki Madhubuti headed in new direction

On a wooden podium inside DePaul University's Cortelyou Commons, the man's voice rose a few decibels. “Introduce your children to the cultures of the world through …” “Art!” The crowd of more than 100 yelled. “Keep them curious and political and creative with …” “Art!” Some might mistake this call-and-response oration for a sermon. But the man with a gray mustache, dressed in a gray pinstripe suit with a yellow vest and red-and-cream striped tie, isn't a preacher. He is Haki Madhubuti, 68-year-old poet, publisher, educator and seminal figure of the Black Arts Movement. And the occasion Wednesday evening,...