photo Gene Hazzard
We told you years ago the war in Iraq would not truly begin until the Americans departed, that she had opened Pandora's box of sectarianism and added flames to the fires burning in Bait Islam, reigniting centuries old schisms within the Islamic world, especially between Sunni and Shia, the fundamental sectarian divide that occurred on the death of Prophet Muhammad.
Today that divide has expanded to a geo-political war between all those of almost any religious persuasion, whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim. America, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, the Gulf Nations, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and others are sharpening their knives for the slaughter of innocents, all those simple human beings caught in the sectarian and geo-political gamesmanship.
We understand President Obama is considering providing the necessary military support so the Shia regime in Iraq can withstand the Sunni uprising, that has its roots in Saudi Arabia, Israel and America. America is playing both sides of the fence in the Sunni/Shia conflict. Sadly, the common people in the Middle East have almost no voice in events that have clearly gone beyond their simple cries for so-called democracy, human rights and non-violence.
Angela Davis, Marvin X and Sonia Sanchez call for peace in the Middle East, but peace with justice for all, especially in occupied Palestine. These three freedom fighters also call for the liberation of all political prisoners.
Marvin X's 1968 chapbook Fly to Allah established him as the father of Muslim American literature, according to Dr. Mohja Kahf, professor of English and Islamic literature at the University of Arkansas. All the Black poets of the 1960s were inspired by Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X. Thus, North American African poets are the foundation of the literary genre known as Muslim American literature.
14 June, Fresno Juneteenth, Hinton Center, Fresno CA
15 June, Berkeley CA Juneteenth, Adeline and Alcatraz Streets, Berkeley
20 June, Tribute to Amiri Baraka, Eastside Arts Center, 23rd and International Blvd, Oakland, 7pm
21 June, Juneteenth Oakland, Arroyo Park, East Oakland
28 June, Marvin X speaks at Joyce Gordon Gallery, 14th and Franklin, Oakland, 3pm
1 July Inauguration of Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
12 July Marvin X at Life Enrichment Book Strore, 5023 Rainer Ave.S, Seattle WA,3pm
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Pics from Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra, Malcolm X Jazz/Arts Festival, Oakland California, May 17, 2014, produced by Eastside Arts Center