Sunday, December 14, 2014

Marvin X recruits Black Arts Movement Dream Team at Marcus Books Benefit--Photos by South Park Kenny Johnson

At the benefit for Marcus Books, Saturday, Marvin X took the opportunity to recruit people for his dream team to participate in the Bay Area celebration of the Black Arts Movement's 50th Anniversary.
 The event featured performances by actors Delroy Lindo, Danny Glover and Shabaka Henley. Attorney John Burris participated in the panel discussion on the Black Man.

Marvin X and Danny Glover attended San Francisco State University where Marvin's first play Flowers for the Trashman was produced by the drama department. Danny performed at Marvin's Black Arts West Theatre, San Francisco, 1966, in the Fillmore District. While Danny was part of the student strike at SFSU, 1968, a few months later, 1969, Marvin X was fighting to teach at Fresno State University but was removed on orders from Gov. Ronald Reagan. Gov. Reagan also removed Angela Davis from teaching at UCLA the same year, 1969.

After listening to pianist Muziki Roberson accompany Shabaka's reading, Marvin asked him to perform with the BAM Arkestra and Poet's Choir. He accepted. Other musicians who have singed on to the BAM celebration include John Santos, David Murray, Destiny Muhammad, Mechelle LaChaux, Tarika Lewis, Tacuma King, Paul Smith, Augusta Collins, Zena Allen, Elliott Bey, Earl Davis, Val Serrant, et al.

Marvin X and "Speedy", long time political organizer.

The audience asked many questions, among them what should a Black man do when stopped by the police. The answers were various but Marvin X has often talked about the tone test when stopped by the police. One of three things can happen when stopped by the police, depending on one's tone of voice: one can be killed, arrested or released.

The Black Man panelist: John Burris, Shabaka Henley, Danny Glover, Delroy Lindo

Marvin X and Attorney Aubrey LaBrie, both were San Francisco State University students and founding members of the BSU, also members of the Black Dialogue Magazine editorial staff, one of the critical journals of the Black Arts Movement.

Actor Delroy Lindo agreed to participate in the Bay Area Black Arts 50th Anniversary celebration being organized by Marvin X.

Marvin and Rev. Andriette Earl, who participated in The Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness, produced by Marvin X at San Francisco State University, April 1, 2001. The benefit for Marcus Books  was at her church: Heart and Soul Center of Light, Oakland.

 Former Black Panther Party Chairwoman Elaine Brown (Left), Marvin X, and Mama Ayanna of the Malcolm X Grass Roots Organization. Both women agreed to assist Marvin X with the Bay Area Black Arts Movement celebration, scheduled to open February 7, at the Laney College Art Gallery. As part of the BAM/Post News Group Isaiah 61 Project, the art of San Quentin inmates will be exhibited. At Oakland's Merritt College (Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and Marvin X were students at Merritt) the following week, February 11,12, 13, Marvin X and the Poet's Choir and Arkestra will perform at the Black Caucus of California Community Colleges Conference, under the leadership of Marlene C. Hurd. Call 510-200-4164 for more information.


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 Dear Friends and Supporters,
Here’s an update for you from the ‘Black Arts Movement 27 City National Tour’ team:
For your donation of $500.00 or more, a five book collection of writings by Black Arts Movement co-founder Marvin X

Marvin X worked with Sun Ra and his Myth-Science Arkestra coast to coast.

The Black Dialogue Magazine Brothers: Aubrey, Marvin X, Abdul Sabry, Al Young, Arthur Sheridan, Duke Williams

Bay Area Authors celebrate the life of slain Oakland Post Editor, Chauncey Bailey.
Pic was taken at the Joyce Gordon Gallery which is part of the Black Arts Movement District along 14th Street, downtown Oakland
photo Gene Hazzard/Adam Turner

Dr. Cornel West has agreed to participate in the Black Arts Movement 27 City Tour
photo Gene Hazzad

Marvin X in conversation with BAM godfather, Ancestor Amiri Baraka, Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Lannan Foundation.
 photo Don Usner

Visual artists Dewey Crumpler and Arthur Monroe; poets Ishmael Reed, Conyus,
Marvin X, Al Young
photo Tennessee Reed

Marvin X, David Murray and Earl Davis, part of the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra
The group performed at the Malcolm X Jazz/Art Festival, May 17, 2014, produced by Eastside Arts Alliance, Oakland.
photo Gene Hazzard

The BAM Poet's Choir & Arkestra at the Black Arts Movement Conference, University of California, Merced, Feb. 2014

Angela Davis, Marvin X, Sonia Sanchez

Dr. Molefe Asante, Mrs. Amina Baraka, Marvin X, Amiri Baraka, Jr., Kenny Gamble at the Black Power Babies Conversation, Philadelphia, produced by Muhammida El Muhajir (daughter of Marvin X)

Eldridge Cleaver and Marvin X. Marvin X introduced EC to the Black Panther Party
photo Charles  Muhammad Kareem

Marvin X with his adopted aunt and uncle, Drs Julia and Nathan Hare; also Attorney Amira Jackmon (daughter of Marvin X)

BAM godfather Askia Toure

Amiri Baraka and Marvin X enjoyed a 47 year friendship

 The Writings of Marvin X

"He's the USA's Rumi! The wisdom of Saadi, the ecstasy of Hafiz."--Bob Holman.
"He is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland."--Ishmael Reed
"One of the founders and innovators of the revolutionary school of African writing."--Amiri Baraka
"One of the best story tellers in America. I'd put him ahead of Mark Twain!"--Rudolph Lewis

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1 comment:

  1. Brothers and Sisters had to fight for the right to use the Ocean!

    The St. Augustine Movement was a civil rights movement that took place in St. Augustine, Florida in 1963–1964. It was part of the wider African-American Civil Rights Movement. It was a major event in St. Augustine's long history and had a role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Dr. Robert B. Hayling is generally considered the "father" of the St. Augustine movement. A Tallahassee native originally, Hayling served as an Air Force officer, and then became the first black dentist in Florida to be elected to the American Dental Association. He set up business in St. Augustine in 1960 and joined the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The organization led a high-profile protest of the segregated celebration of the city's 400th anniversary in March 1963.[3] While the campaign was successful at convincing Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson to speak before an interracial audience in St. Augustine, it had no effect on the overall Jim Crow laws. The NAACP campaign lacked a direct action component and Hayling believed that this was a major failing. Hayling founded an NAACP Youth Council that engaged in nonviolent direct action, including wade-ins at the local segregated swimming pools.

    Gee-all they wanted was a tan -they blocked out the sun . What happens to them after 20 minutes of exposure to the sun, they begin to peel like the true snakes they really are, the mentality of the craka is beyond sick. We're dealing with a deranged culture after 10,000 years of the ice age a defect in the brain developed .This sickness is generational, Its in the DNA. Scientist say you can change the molecular structure of a cell by how you think, now we inject this fact into the human genome we have a bonefide barbarian carrying his defective Neanderthal gene into the modern age. These people scavenged for food and engaged in cannibalism for thousands of years. Africans on the other hand had an abundance of food,and never had to resort to such barbaric extremes to survive. On the evolutionary scale- we''re beyond them.

    This disease is powerful, after 500 years they can't shake it, its part of their DNA - we know you can't shake your DNA, they are predispose. So when you hear them on stage what they are doing is acting out their natural instincts. When Lena Horn was the headliner at the Sands in Vegas her 6 year old daughter went into the pool, the crakas drained it, this chit is deep! The disdain they have for us is generational, racism is taught in the home and some schools.This is a national disease, the marchers are right, the running scared,when a president addresses the nation 2 nights in a row is cause for concern/alarm. The police should join the demonstrators this has happened in many countries. In Sweden they had to close down jails,not enough prisoners, in this country they grow exponentially