Newark: Jihad Productions, 1971. 1st Edition. Slim octavo, publisher's stapled orange stiff paper wraps printed in brown.
First (and only) edition of this handbook of Swahili names for boys and girls, along with a pronunciation guide, a description of rituals honoring childbirth and the celebration of birthdays, and a list of common Swahili phrases. "Giving our children African names will be one means of regaining our traditional greatness. These Swahili names all have meaning, for whatever your name means is what you want to be, is what you are, or should strive to be" (from the introduction). Published in Newark, New Jersey at the height of the Black Power movement, the book was "written under the guidance and inspiration" of poet, activist and Newark native Amiri Baraka. Baraka, a leading figure in the movement, was a founder and chairman of the Committee for Unified NewArk, a cultural organization devoted to the political empowerment of the African-American community in Newark that was instrumental in the book's publication. Printed on the oblong in brown ink. Fine. Uncommon. Item #933