Coolest People to Know: Meet Ras Baraka

Dec 16, 2020
Ras Baraka was born in 1970. He is the son of the playwright Amiri Baraka (born LeRoi Jones) and the poet Amina Baraka, was raised in Newark, has a degree in political science from Howard University and a masters in Education Supervision from St. Peters University in Jersey City. He began his educational career as a middle school English teacher, became an administrator at several different schools in the district, and has been the very successful principal of Central High School, from which he is on leave of absence to run for Mayor after serving in that position from 2007-2013.

He has been a city councilman and Deputy Mayor of Newark, and now serves as the mayor or Newark. #celebratingafrica #africa #kids #entertainment

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