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General Information

Name:  Haki R. Madhubuti  

Pen Name: Don L. Lee

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1942 in Little Rock, Arkansas

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Madhubuti moved to Chicago as a child and still resides there today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Haki Madhubuti, is an award-winning poet, essayist, editor, educator and intellectual leader. He was one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960's. Madhubuti's given name is Don L. Lee. He attended Roosevelt University, the University of Illinois Chicago Circle and received an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. In 1967, he founded ''Third World Press,'' the oldest independent Black-owned publisher in the United States. In addition to publishing, other initiatives of the press have included projects aimed at developing literacy, encouraging writers and poets, and programs and events promoting understanding and education about African American culture and history. A Distinguished University Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Chicago State University, Madhubuti is also the University's Founder and Director-Emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center. He was mentored by Gwendolyn Brooks and a founding editor of ''Black Books Bulletin''.Madhubuti is also the founder and board member of two private elementary schools, one charter elementary school and a charter high school in Chicago. In 2007, he was named ''Chicagoan of the Year'' by Chicago Magazine . The papers of Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti are housed at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Illinois acquired. The archive includes important documentation of Madhubuti’s original work as a writer, educator, and intellectual leader, and it provides an essential and unique record of the inner workings of Third World Press. Manuscripts preserved in the archive, which includes Madhubuti’s own work, and that of other leading Third World Press poets and writers, such as Amiri Baraka, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, Sonia Sanchez, Derrick Bell, and Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks.

Published Works

  • Kwanzaa: A Progressive and Uplifting African American Holiday, Third World Press, 1972
  • Killing Memory, Seeking Ancestors, Lotus Press, 1987
  • Say That the River Turns, The Impact of Gwendolyn Brooks , Third World Press, 1987
  • Black Men, Obsolete, Single, Dangerous, Third World Press, 1990
  • Confusion By Any Other Name, Third World Press, 1990
  • Don't Cry, Scream, Third World Press, 1992
  • Why L.A. Happened, Third World Press, 1993
  • African-Centered Education, Third World Press, 1994
  • Claiming World, Race, Rage, Rape, Redemption, Third World Press, 1994
  • Million Man March/Day of Absence, Third World Press, 1996
  • GroundWork, New and Selected Poems, Third World Press, 1996
  • HeartLove, Wedding and Love Poems, Third World Press, 1998
  • Tough Notes: Letters to Young Black Men, Third World Press, 2002
  • Run Toward Fear: New Poems and A Popet's Handbook, Third World Press, 2004
  • YellowBlack: The First Twenty-One Years of a Poet's Life, Third World Press, 2006
  • Liberation Narratives: New Collected Poems, Third World Press, 2009
  • Taking Bullets: Black Boys and Men in Twenty-first Century America, Fighting Terrorism, Stopping Violence and Seeking Healing, Third World Press, 2016

Selected Titles At Your Library

Kwanzaa :
ISBN: 0883780127. OCLC Number:

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A complete guide to celebrating Kwanzaa, the African American holiday based upon the principles of the Nguzo Saba value system. Explains some of the myths associated with this holiday as well as the qualities that make it uniquely African American.--Page [4] of cover.

Kwanzaa :
ISBN: 0916418634. OCLC Number:

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A complete guide to celebrating Kwanzaa, the African American holiday based upon the principles of the Nguzo Saba value system. Explains some of the myths associated with this holiday as well as the qualities that make it uniquely African American.--Page [4] of cover.

Say that the river turns :
ISBN: 0883781182. OCLC Number:

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Black men :
ISBN: 0883781352. OCLC Number:

Third World Press,. Chicago :. ©1990.

Confusion by any other name :
ISBN: 0883781484. OCLC Number:

Third World Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©1990.

Don't cry, scream /
ISBN: 088378016X. OCLC Number:

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Why L.A. happened :
ISBN: 0883780941. OCLC Number:

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A series of essays discussing the reasons for and the solutions to the rioting that took place in Los Angeles in 1992 and the violence that grew out of it in Atlanta.

African-centered education :
ISBN: 0883781514. OCLC Number:

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Claiming earth :
ISBN: 0883780909. OCLC Number:

Third World Press,. Chicago :. ©1994.

Following his ground-breaking books of essays (From Plan to Planet, Enemies: The Clash of Races, and Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous?), Haki Madhubuti has refined and expanded his ideas to provide us with a book for nurturing ourselves and our young people into Black consciousness and activism. Claiming Earth: Race, Rage, Rape, Redemption: Blacks Seeking A Culture of Enlightened Empowerment outlines practical possibilities for the individual to contribute to, remain involved in, and positively impact on Black world struggle. Madhubuti insists, "My aim in Claiming Earth is to articulate a politics of empowerment at an individual, community and people level that is intimately tied to education, economics, social and environmental development and human politics for the many, rather than the corrupt few ... Claiming Earth is about moving from victimhood to self-reliance, to ownership of self, resources, land and, yes, our tomorrows ... I am in search of healthy rituals that aid in our continued renewal." Claiming Earth offers answers to what Madhubuti describes as White World Supremacy's "Culture of Containment." His analyzes of rape, sexism, capitalism, Black male imprisonment, parenting, Black loveships, Black culture, Black-Jewish relations, and Black leadership are solution-based and challenge readers to new levels of understanding the Black situation nationally and internationally.

Million Man March/Day of Absence :
ISBN: 0883781883. OCLC Number:

Third World Press ;. Chicago :. [©1996]

A reflective account of one of the most transforming events of the twentieth century -- the October 16, 1995 "Holy Day of Atonement and Reconciliation" and March on Washington. This anthology incorporates the ideas, experiences and visions of the Million Man March organizers, participants and observers. A powerful multi-media collection including over fifty contributors. Co-published with the University of Sankore Press.

GroundWork :
ISBN: 0883781735. OCLC Number:

Third World Press,. Chicago :. 1996.

Heartlove :
ISBN: 0883782014. OCLC Number:

Third World Press,. Chicago :. 1998.

Tough notes :
ISBN: 0883782200. OCLC Number:

Third World ;. Chicago, Ill. :. 2004.

Run toward fear :
ISBN: 0883782650. OCLC Number:

Third World Press,. Chicago :. 2004.

YellowBlack :
ISBN: 0883782758. OCLC Number:

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From the Publisher: Powerful prose, poetry, and jazz riffs chronicle the first 21 years of the life of Haki R. Madhubuti, formerly Don L. Lee: poet, publisher, editor, and activist. He was raised by his mother Maxine, whose life is also recounted-including gritty details of how she used her body to feed, house, and shelter her children without help from their absentee father. Despite the obstacles in his childhood, music and literature molded the young Don Lee, effectively saving his life.

Liberation narratives :
ISBN: 0883783142. OCLC Number:

Third World Press,. Chicago :. ©2009.

"Not only did/does the poetry of Haki R. Madubuti (Don L. Lee) help define and sustain a movemenrt, his verse helped shift the paradigm of contemporary American poetry aesthetics. With its brash urgency and, often, quiet passion; the musicality and homage in Madhibuti's work continues to resonate. Here in this new offering, ... Madhubuti's words, vision and insights are preserved for a new generation of readers."--Cover.

Taking bullets :
ISBN: 0883783614. OCLC Number:

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"For over thirty years Haki R. Madhubuti has lead the national conversation on Black male empowerment and healing for our community. Taking Bullets : terrorism and Black life in twenty-first century America continues that conversation with a new urgency for the lives and survival of a new generation of Black men and boys who are confronted with much of the same disparity and adversity on the streets of every city in America. Madhubuti speaks directly to these young men with an empathic understanding of their plight, yet he sees hope and a vision for their future. He wants them to see this same hope and vision for themselves. In Taking Bullets, he also challenges community leaders, educators, and all of those individuals who directly impact the lives of our young men to develop sustained strategies to confront and challenge the systematic problems of police violence, mass incarceration and economic disparity"--Provided by publisher.


National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for Humanities, American Book Award

Illinois Author of the Year

presented by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English in 1991

Fuller Award

presented by the Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame to recognize Dr. Madhubutis outstanding lifetime contributions to literature, November 2015.

Speaking Engagements

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