Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Former Negro Slave Dies on Madera Ranch
Ephraim Murrill, 99, who lived the first twenty years of his life as a Negro slave in North Carolina, died yesterday in his home on a Madera district ranch. Murrill, who was highly respected by both whites and Negroes in the community, recalled having seen Abraham Lincoln when the great emancipator was campaigning for his first term as president.
Surviving him are one daughter, Mrs. J. H. Hall, Madera; a son, John Murrill, Fowler; nine grand children and three great grandchildren. He would be 100 years old had he lived until next February 13. One of his brothers lived to the age of 116.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon in the Jay Parlors and burial will be in Arbor Vitae Cemetery.
--Fresno Bee, Tuesday, December 16, 1941
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Fresno Bee photo of Marvin X during his struggle to lecture in Black Studies at Fresno State University, 1969
Parents of Marvin X, Marian Murrill Jackmon and Owendell Jackmon I
Marvin X. Jackmon, born May 29, 1944
Ephraim Murrill is the maternal great grandfather of poet/philosopher Marvin X. His mother, Marian Murrill Jackmon, was born in Fowler, about thirty miles south of Madera. Marvin X was born there as well, May 29, 1944. Marvin's parents, Owendell Jackmon and Marian published the first black newspaper in the central valley, the Fresno Voice. They were also real estate brokers who sold many blacks their first homes after WWII.
The Jackmons later moved to Oakland and became florists on 7th Street. Mr. Jackmon was prominent in West Oakland's political and social life. He was a member of the Men of Tomorrow, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. He was a member of Downs Memorial Methodist Church. Mrs. Jackmon became a Christian Scientist, follower of Mary Baker Eddy.
Mrs. Jackmon later returned to Fresno with her children and opened a real estate business. In 1969, Marvin X became the most controversial black in Fresno history when he defied Governor Ronald Reagan by continuing to teach at Fresno State University, even though the Gov. ordered the college/now university to remove him by any means necessary, especially since he had refused to fight in Vietnam.
According to Marvin X's student and colleague, Ptah Allah El, his great grandfather is one of the legendary men of the Central Valley. He and Col. Allenworth may have been associates. After Col. Allenworth, Murrill is the most prominent black man in the central valley. Something about him crossed the line separating blacks and whites. Negroes in the Valley know about Epharaim Murrill. According to Ptah Allah El, Ephraim Murrill was well known in Madera, Fresno, Fowler, Hanford, Lemoore. He was a conscious black man.
Marvin X's cousin Mrs. Latanya Tony (wife of FSU chemistry professor emeritus Joe Tony) is researching family history.
Black Bird Press News & Review: Review of How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy:
Monday, December 30, 2013
Step 1: We are not powerless over self-hatred, racism white supremacy thinking but our lives have become unmanageable.
Step 2: We have come to believe that a power within ourselves can restore us to sanity.
Step 3: We have made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.
Step 4:We shall make a searching and fearless moral inventory.
Step 5: Admitted to God within and without the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6: We are entirely ready to have God remove defects of character.
Step 7: We humbly ask God to remove our shortcomings.
Step 8: Make a list of all Africans and others we have harmed.
Step 9: Make direct amends to such people.
Step 10: Continue to take personal inventory.
Step 11: Seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God.
Step 12: Carry the message to the Pan African world and other humans in the global community.
Step 13: Discover Pan African consciousness and join the cultural revolution.
Based on the book by Dr. M (Marvin X) How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, foreword by Dr. Nathan Hare, afterword by Ptah Allah El (Tracy Mitchell),
Black Bird Press, Berkeley CA, 2008.
The facilitator should use this format to stay focused in a timely manner, to maintain order and yet allow for the free expression on the people. This meeting is thus a sacred space and time for people to vent and begin the long process of recovery from addiction to white supremacy/lunacy. Anyone can, should and must become a meeting facilitator.
1. Welcome. Welcome to the Pan African Mental Health Peer Group to recover from the addiction to white supremacy/lunacy. My name is ___________________. I am recovering from the adduction to white supremacy.
2. Group response: Hotep, Salaam_________________.
3. I am your facilitator for this meeting. Please join me in prayer and medication, especially for all those persons suffering from the addiction to white supremacy around the world. . I will read the poem What If on page 97 of our text.
4. Definition of White Supremacy: a form of domination and exploitation. White supremacy can be in white face, black face, or any other color, male or female. White supremacy is a drug so pervasive that even when we think we are cured, the ravages and residue appear, affecting our thinking and behavior, social relations and interaction in the home, on the job, at religious worship, social and cultural events. In short, this drug is sometimes tasteless, colorless, yet cunning and vile. We think we are cured, yet a slip of the tongue proves the illness has reappeared, often suddenly without the slightest indication.
5. Will a volunteer please read the Thirteen Steps taken from our text. See table of contents.
6. A telephone list is being circulated; please add your name, address, phone and email. Indicate if you are available to mentor another brother or sister in recovery from white supremacy. Please take numbers if you wish. The telephone is a means of gaining the needed support from each other between meetings. Email also.
7. Donations. It is now time for donations since we cannot support our recovery without the proper finances to sustain the meeting such as rent, printing of literature, refreshments and the like. However, just give what you can.
8. Check-in. The meeting is open for check-in. Please limit your talk to five minutes so everyone gets a chance to share. In this meeting we discourage cross talk. Cross talk is defined as commenting, interrupting, criticizing or giving advice on another person’s share. We need a safe and supportive place to discuss our feelings and cross talk can be very hurtful and humiliating. Thank you. Who would like to begin the check-in?
9. Someone volunteer to read the Step of the present meeting.
10. Speaker. At this time I would like to introduce the speaker who will talk for twenty minutes on the present Step.
11. Discussion. The session is now open for discussion and comments.
12. Closing prayer. Read Step 7, page 78 or any prayer you desire.
13. Next meeting date and any reading assignments.
For more information or to invite Marvin X to establish a Pan African mental health peer group in your community, please call 510-200-4164, email email@example.com.
Detoxing White Supremacy
Prior to our attempt at recovery from the effects of the addiction to white supremacy, we need to consider detoxification, to rid the body and mind from the toxicity of decades under the influence of racist ideology and institutions that have rendered us into a state of drunkenness and denial. Many of us are convinced we have no problem with racism and/or white supremacy. Some say we love everyone, but would not be pleased with our son or daughter marrying out of the ethnic group. There are those of us who think Africans or Caribbean blacks or Mexicans are taking all the jobs, all the housing, although many of the jobs we would not consider doing, much of the housing being occupied by Latinos we consider too ghetto to live in. So we suffer clouded thinking or stinking thinking as they say in the drug recovery community.
In short, we need to detox to clear our minds in preparation for the recovery process. Detox may involve some form of isolation and meditation, any method that would separate us from society, including friends and family that have been the cause of our psychosis, that break with reality that has our life confounded and delusional. We may need a radical dietary change as many of the foods have a negative bio-chemical effect on our thinking and hence actions. It could be the white sugar, white flour, hormone fed beef and chicken, mercury filled fish, genetically altered fruits and vegetables that we need to eliminate from our diet so we can think with a better chemical balance, especially as it affects our central nervous system. Perhaps we should spend a week or two or three in retreat from the stress of daily life so we can ponder the ill effects of our thinking on social interaction, so we can relax and seriously consider the recovery program that awaits us. Some may want to fast and/or pray while in the detox stage, but hard thinking is in order before peer group interaction. For sure there will be denial, arrogance and superior attitudes, even feelings of inferiority may be expressed, so let’s do some preparation and self thought before we expose ourselves to group thought, then perhaps we can enter the group with more confidence and seriousness. Let us prepare to rid our minds of thoughts that engender hatred in the family, in the community, nation and global village. We must consider not only the humanity of each other but our divinity. As my poem What If says, “What if God is the brother you hate, the sister you hate, the mother and father you hate, the dope fiend you hate, the Mexican you hate, the African you hate, the Jamaican you hate, the so-called Negro you hate, the white man you hate, what if what if what if….”
Finally, detoxing from white supremacy should prepare us to consider the economic system that has brought so much pain and suffering to the world, especially to the majority that has not benefited from the blessings of the so-called free market system that seeks cheap labor and the production of cheap goods for the consumer driven economy. We should detox from the desire to possess things upon things for no other reason than greed and selfishness. We should consider that most of the world has no electricity or clean drinking water. The citizens of America should consider why they are only 4% of the population yet consume 25% of the world’s energy. Consider what feelings of anger this might engender in the poor and dispossessed around the world, and why they may want to attack America who cares nothing about them except as sources of cheap labor, cheap natural resources and markets to expand capitalist or imperialist domination, otherwise known as white supremacy.
from How to Recover from the addiction to White Supremacy, a 13 step manual for a Pan African Mental Health Peer Group, Dr. M (Marvin X), Black Bird Press, Berkeley, CA, 2007, $19.95. Order direct from the publisher: Black Bird Press, 1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA 94702
Much in the manner of Hegel in his essay on “Master and Slave,” Marvin senses that the oppressor distorts his own mind as well as the mind of the oppressed. Hence Type I and Type II White Supremacy Addiction. White sociologists and the late black psychologist, Bobby Wright, converged in their findings of pathological personality traits (“the authoritarian personality” and “the racial psychopathic personality,” as Bobby put it).
Friday, December 27, 2013
Amiri Baraka condition improving, please continue prayring for our beloved poet, activist, scholar, organizer
December 27, 2013 at 12:38 AM, updated December 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Matt Rainey/NJNP PhotoNEWARK — Amiri Baraka, the former New Jersey poet laureate who was hospitalized in critical condition earlier this week, is improving, according to a spokesman for his son, Newark Councilman Ras Baraka.
“He continues to improve,” the spokesman, Frank Baraff, said by email early this morning. “His condition is not dire.”
Baraka, 79, was hospitalized Monday. Lawrence Hamm, the state chairman of the People's Organization for Progress, said the poet, author and playwright had been taken to the intensive care unit at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark.
Citing the family’s request for privacy, Baraff declined to say why Baraka had been hospitalized.
Baraka, a Newark native formerly known as LeRoi Jones, was the state's poet laureate in 2002 and 2003. He was the last to hold the post, which was abolished during his tenure after he wrote "Somebody Blew Up America," a poem about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that was alternately praised for its frankness and criticized for what others called its anti-Semitic content.
Asked to resign by then-Gov. James McGreevey, Baraka refused. The state Legislature abolished the laureate post, effectively removing him.
Last month, the 50th anniversary of Baraka’s “Blues People,” a history of music from the time of slavery throughout the various incarnations of blues and jazz, was celebrated as part of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's TD Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival.
Marvin X made a rare public appearance in his central valley hometown of Fresno last night. His talk on Umoja or unity stressed the need for a unified mental apparatus as the prerequisite for uniting the family, community and nation. He was introduced by Professor emeritus of Black Studies at Fresno City College, Kehindi Solwazi. Professor Solwzi told the crowd how he read Dr. M's How to Recover from the Addiction to white supremacy and was blown away, especially by the poet's self criticism, so rare these days. He urged the people to purchase the book and they did.
In his remarks, Marvin X first asked the audience to pray for his friends Amiri Baraka and Dr. Julia Hare. Baraka is hospitalized and Julia Hare is suffering third stage Alzheimer's. Marvin X has long been associated with Dr. Nathan Hare, sociologist, psychologist and founding publisher of the Black Scholar magazine and Black Male/female magazine. Marvin told the folks gathered on a cold valley night that if they can get pass Dr. Hare's foreword to How to Recover they will have no problems with his manual, a 13 step process to recover from white supremacy type II as Dr. Hare calls our condition. Once we detox from white supremacy type II we can begin the long road to recovery of our mental equilibrium. We cannot unite with anyone while the self is shattered and traumatized.
If you can get off alcohol, crack, meth and other drugs, you can recover from white supremacy type II. There are not enough Dr. Hare's to go around and many of the black psychologists are certified by white supremacy academic institutions thus the black doctors are in need of recovery themselves. He said many of them are now getting certified in African healing methods.
Fear of the self is prolonging our condition. We fear self and fear others so there can be no unity of any kind without eliminating fear which is the first step in the process of recovery from white supremacy type II. We must establish mental health peer groups in our community.
In the peer groups Dr. Nathan Hare and Marvin X facilitated along with social worker Suzzette Celeste called Black Reconstruction, the woman were found to be the most angry and the most militant. Brothers were afraid to say they had fears but when probed they finally admitted they had a plethora of fears. He's scared of himself, his woman, his children, another brother and of course the white man.
The small crowd was overjoyed with his remarks. He is scheduled to appear in Fresno during Black History Month at Fresno City College and in the community at Hinton Center. His Hinton Center appearance is sponsored by the Fresno Chapter of the NAACP, Pamela Young, President.
February 28, March 1-2, he will present at the Black Arts Movement Conference, University of
California, Merced. East Coast people can catch Marvin X at New York University, February 4 at the tribute for ancestor poet Jayne Cortez. To book Marvin X, please call 510-200-4164. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
They loved her, she loved them, and in the admiration-fest between Michelle Obama and the graduating class of UC Merced, the first lady of the United States exhorted them to go out and use their newfound skills to help those most in need.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
And Job said it best
naked I came and naked I go
there is only one lesson to learn in this life
Nature Boy told us this
learn to love and be loved in return
all else illusion
money fame sex
diversions from the real
who can see through all the conundrums
across the precipice to the meta reality
only superman can stand tall
how many can persist from man to superman
one superman committed suicide
another fell from a horse
who is the real superman?
who has endured death a thousand times
crucified resurrected ascended
who is the black stone the builders rejected
who passed through the door of no return
yet returned to the motherland
no matter centuries later
a son came home
ten thousand met them at the airport
twenty thousand at the compound of the high priest
Oh brother and sister
help us through the weary night
help us beyond poverty disease ignorance
help us transcend tribalism sectarianism dogmatism greedism corruptionism
state terror religious madness beyond all the prophets
Jesus Muhammad Buddha, even Marx and Lenin
help us walk from the dungeon to the upper room of our father's house
Come my daughter, walk with your king to his father's house
he has not defied righteousness
he has not defiled the gods
he has not disgraced the ancestors
he has not lied when the feather went on the scale of Ma-at
he has been a warrior for truth
he told no lies
so walk with your king
loving him unconditionally until the end of all things
no devotion to the trivial mundane provincial
fly with him into the midnight hour
elders shall become ancestors
there is no escape
death is life and life is death
enjoy the holy days
and all days are holy
if we walk with the righteous
shun the scandalous
the rats snakes vermin
the dawn is upon us
let us dance sing shout wail.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Our prayers go out to Amiri Baraka who is hospitalized in Newark, NJ. He entered the hospital over the weekend suffering from diabetes, then a mild heart attack, then pneumonia, according to his beloved wife Amina. Godfather of the Black Arts Movement, Baraka invited Marvin X to read at New York University on Feb. 4, 2014, in honor of poet Jayne Cortez who has joined the ancestors.
Baraka was invited by Kim McMillan and Marvin X to address the Black Arts Movement Conference, Feb. 28, March 1-2, 2014, at the University of California, Merced. We pray AB will attend both events. We ask all of you to hold him up in your prayers. We consider him our greatest living revolutionary writer/activist.
We also ask you to pray for another dear and precious friend, Dr. Julia Hare. We visited Nathan and Julia today. Dr. Nathan Hare says there is no recovery from the condition of his wife of 57 years.
Dr. Nathan Hare, father of Black Studies
Marvin X, Dr. Julia Hare, Dr. Nathan Hare, Attorney Amira Jackmon, agent for the Hare's archives--Marvin X