1 / 13

Amiri Baraka

Newark, N.J. poet and social activist Imamu Amear Baraka speaks during the Black Political Convention in Gary, Ind., March 12, 1972. (AP Photo/Julian C. Wilson)

Amiri Baraka 1934 - 2014

Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died. He was 79.

His booking agent, Celeste Bateman, told The Associated Press that Baraka, who had been hospitalized since last month, died Thursday at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. (AP)

Find more news related pictures in our photo galleries and follow us on Tumblr.