Change Your Life #6: Leroi Jones

June 25, 2011

Leroi Jones

THE COURT: Just a minute. This [the poem’s] diabolical prescription
to commit murder and to steal and plunder and other similar evidences —

DEFENDANT LEROI JONES: I’m being sentenced for the poem. Is that what you
are saying?

THE COURT: — cause one to suspect that you were a participant in
formulating a plot to ignite the spark on the night of July 13, 1967
to burn the City of Newark and that —

DEFENDANT JONES: You mean, you don’t like the poem, in other words.


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