Nation: New Script in Newark

Not the least surprise of the spring has been the readiness of some black firebrands to preach peace and Realpolitik in the ghettos. In the fearful days after Martin Luther King's assassination, Mau Mau Chieftain Charles Kenyatta joined with New York's Mayor John Lindsay in lowering Harlem's temperature. In Los Angeles' Watts, Black Nationalist Ron Karenga and other militants passed the word: no riots, at least for the present.

On paper, few black separatists have sounded more intractable in the past than Playwright LeRoi Jones, 33, who was found guilty in October of...

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