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Marvin X Jackmon
photos Kamau Amen Ra, 2009, Eastside Arts Center, Oakland
This book is an encyclopedia of knowledge. He's a griot if there ever was one!
--Mumia Abu Jamal, Live from Death Row
Marvin X has done extraordinary mind and soul work in bringing our attention to the importance of spirituality, as opposed to religion, in our daily living. Someone�maybe Kierkegaard or maybe it was George Fox who�said that there was no such thing as "Christianity." There can only be Christians. It is not institutions but rather individuals who make the meaningful differences in our world. It is not Islam but Muslims. Not Buddhism but Buddhists. Marvin X has made a courageous difference. In this book he shares the wondrous vision of his spiritual explorations. His eloquent language and rhetoric are varied�sophisticated but also earthy, sometimes both at once.
Highly informed he speaks to many societal levels and to both genders�to the intellectual as well as to the man/woman on the street or the unfortunate in prison�to the mind as well as the heart. His topics range from global politics and economics to those between men and women in their household. Common sense dominates his thought. He shuns political correctness for the truth of life. He is a Master Teacher in many fields of thought�religion and psychology, sociology and anthropology, history and politics, literature and the humanities. He is a needed Counselor, for he knows himself, on the deepest of personal levels and he reveals that self to us, that we might be his beneficiaries.All of which are represented in his Radical Spirituality�a balm for those who anguish in these troubling times of disinformation. As a shaman himself, he calls too for a Radical Mythology to override the traditional mythologies of racial supremacy that foster war and injustice. If you want to reshape (clean up, raise) your consciousness, this is a book to savor, to read again, and again�to pass onto a friend or lover.�Rudolph Lewis, Editor, ChickenBones: A Journal
Catch Marvin X at the Harlem, NY Book Fair, July 20, 2013, National Writers Union Booth!
Marvin X interviewed at the, March, 2013, Black Power Babies Conversation, Philadelphia, PA., event produced by his daughter Muhammida El Muhajir, Sun In Leo.com
He also participated in the Black Love Lives Conference (produced by Nisa Ra), University of Penn, reading with Philly's living legend, pianist Alfie Pollitt, at the Cleft Jazz Club.
Eldridge Cleaver: My friend the Devil, a memoir
by Marvin X, Black Bird Press, Berkeley CA
Marvin X wrote his memoir of Eldridge Cleaver in three weeks, posting a chapter per day on the internet. See www.nathanielturner.com.
The Wisdom of Plato Negro
"Marvin X is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland."--Ishmael Reed
President is now at Howard University, Reginald at UC Berkeley. Pictured at Sankofa Books, Washington DC.