In 2008 Haki Madhubuti spoke at the Minnesota Men’s Conference in September just before Barack Obama won the 2008 election. A lively and interesting discussion with Haki with John Densmore as the background percussionist. Robert Bly introduces Haki with love and admiration for his work and work ethic throughout the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
Madhubuti is a major contributor to the Black literary tradition, in particular through his early association with the Black Arts Movement beginning in the mid-60s, and which has had a lasting and major influence, even today. A proponent of independent Black institutions, Madhubuti is the founder, publisher, and chairman of the board of Third World Press (established in 1967), which today is the largest independent black-owned press in the United States. Over the years, he has published 24 books (some under his former name, “Don L. Lee”) and is one of the world’s best-selling authors of poetry and non-fiction, with books in print in excess of 3 million. His Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous?: The African American Family in Transition (1990) has sold over 1,000,000 copies. His latest books are Claiming Earth: Race, Rage, Rape, Redemption (1994), GroundWork: New and Selected Poems 1966-1996 (1996), and HeartLove: Wedding and Love Poems (1998).