Friday, January 3, 2014
The Central Valley Myth of Ephraim Murrill, Marvin X's Maternal Great Grandfather
Marvin X and Gregory Fields, Professor of Law at X's Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland. Ishmael Reed says Marvin X is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland. Bob Holman calls him the USA's Rumi! Rudolph Lewis says Marvin X is one of America's great story tellers. I'd put him ahead of Mark Twain!" But it appears he is a descendent of a mythical character named Ephraim Murrill.
Aside from the Fresno Bee article of 1941, I know nothing about my great grandfather Ephraim Murrill, but my associate Ptah Allah El informed me he knew of my great grandfather long before I mentioned his name and had no idea I was related to him.
As a result of traveling throughout the central valley vending food, Ptah talked with the African elders and they informed him of a mythical character named Ephraim Murrill, who came after Joaquin for whom the central valley was named.
According to the myth told by the central valley elders, Murrill came before Col. Allensworth who founded the all Black town.
Ptah says the consensus is that Murrill was a Robin Hood character that took from the rich and gave to the poor. So it appears his great grandson, Marvin X, is in the same mode.
More research needs to be done, says Ptah (one of the best students Black Studies produced at San Francisco State University) but it is crystal clear Ephraim Murrill was an African who obtained mythical status. Again, his transition in Madera, 1941, was important enough for the Fresno Bee to do a story on him, claiming he was respected by both whites and blacks.