Black Bird Press News & Review: The Meaning of BAM, The Black Arts Movement
BAM was a revolutionary act/action, in tandem with the Black liberation movement, inseparable and integral. BAM was Juju word power, holy ghost dance, music, art, mythology to negate white supremacy in white or black face. We had to figure out how to live in this world but not be of this world controlled by white supremacy, thus BAM was an act of self-determination. BAM was not for the black bourgeoise agenda, was not to make Negroes comfortable sitting in the theater, but to make the audience join the action (ritual theatre) and become one, and, when necessary run out of the theatre butt naked, screaming and hollering because the truth touched them and changed them.--Marvin X
Invite Marvin X to your campus, conference, festival, book reading/signing. Send him a letter of invitation: firstname.lastname@example.org. He is presently organizing his 2014 speaking/reading schedule.
photos by Kamau Amen-Ra