photo Adam Turner, Black Bird Productions and Book Project
Special to the Post Newspaper Group
As the Bay Area prepares for the 50th Anniversary of the Black Arts Movement (BAM), the most radical artistic and literary movement in American history, Paul Cobb gave fellow writer and festival producer Marvin X his vision for the celebration.“My interest is putting books in the hands of young men and women who attend this celebration,” Cobb said. “I said long ago, Crack a book before you’re booked for Crack, so if we focus on high risk young people, lifting their literacy and literary pursuits, I will support this BAM celebration. Otherwise, I don’t have time to sit listening to old men and women pontificate about revolution.” He added, “I will help raise money for books, not honoraria for speakers.”
Marvin X said, “When Paul is right, I acknowledge this. I consider him part of the progressive bourgeoisie. He has been more consistent than some of my so-called revolutionary friends and comrades. He usually does what he says. In the past, he has put his ten newspapers at the disposal of my projects, such as the Tenderloin Black Radical Book Fair we produced in 2004."
Marvin X says, "I agree with Paul on the books project. We think a book fair must be part of the BAM celebration. We know Dr. Nathan Hare’s Black Think Tank Books and my Black Bird Press will arrange for books to be given to youth and adults to raise their level of cultural consciousness. We call upon other authors and publishers to donate some of their books in the hood." If you would like to help plan, participate or promote the 50th Anniversary of the Black Arts Movement, contact Marvin X @firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 200-4164.
The Black Arts Movement Poet's Choir & Arkestra at the BAM conference, University of California, Merced, produced by Kim McMillon and Marvin X, Feb-March, 2014