Haki R. Madhubuti is an African-American author, educator, and poet, as well as a publisher and operator of black-themed bookstore.
Madhubuti received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, and served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1963. He is a major contributor to the Black literary tradition, in particular through his early association with the Black Arts Movement beginning in the mid-1960s, 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.
Madhubuti has published 28 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).
by Don Lee (Haki Madhubuti)
my brothers i will not tell you
who to love or not love
i will only say to you
Black women have not been
i will say to you
we are at war & that
Black men in america are
being removed from the
like loose sand in a wind storm
and that the women Black are
three to each of us.