Ras Baraka

American activist and politician

Ras Jua Baraka (born April 9, 1970)[1][2] is an American politician. He is the 40th and current Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He was a member of the Municipal Council of Newark.[3]

Ras Baraka
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40th Mayor of Newark
Assumed office
July 1, 2014
Preceded byLuis Quintana
Member of the Newark Municipal Council
from the South ward
In office
July 1, 2010 – July 1, 2014
Preceded byOscar James
Succeeded byJohn James
Member of the Newark Municipal Council
from the at-large district
In office
November 2, 2005 – July 1, 2006
Preceded byDonald Kofi Tucker
Succeeded byMildred Crump
Personal details
Ras Jua Baraka

(1970-04-09) April 9, 1970 (age 50)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationHoward University (BA)
Saint Peter's University (MA)
WebsiteOfficial website

His father was poet Amiri Baraka.[3]


  1. ""Baraka, Ras", Our Campaigns". Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  2. Jones, Kellie, and Baraka, Imanu Amini (2011), EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, p. 467, ISBN 082234873XCS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "City of Newark, NJ: Ras J. Baraka". City of Newark, New Jersey. Retrieved May 22, 2012.