Baraka family’s art and activism is focus of documentary ‘Why Is We Americans?’

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The late poet and activist Amiri Baraka, shown in a vintage photo with his family, is the central figure in the documentary “Why Is We Americans?” Words matter. And if you ever doubt that in New Jersey, ask someone what happened in Newark in the summer of 1967. Some people will say “a riot.” Some will say “a rebellion.” And if you can keep those two sides talking — which may be difficult — you may find that’s only the start of their disagreements. So moviegoers should know right off that “Why Is We Americans?,” a new documentary, stands squarely with those who consider those days of rage an up…

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