The wake will be held at Newark’s Metropolitan Baptist Church on Friday night.
The 79-year-old author of blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticisms died last Thursday.
Baraka’s supporters considered him a genius and a prophet. But critics denounced him as homophobic and anti-Semitic.
He was named New Jersey’s poet laureate in 2002, drawing criticism for the Sept. 11 poem “Somebody Blew up America.”