Thursday, January 29, 2015

Photo essay by Adam Turner: Laney College President, Faculty, Staff meet with Marvin X to plan Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration at Laney College, Feb. 7

Black Arts Movement co-founder Marvin X, aka The Chancellor

 Dr. Leslee Stradford, curator of the BAM/Post News Group Visual Art Exhibit from San Quentin Prison. Next to her is  Brandi Howard, Staff Assistant to President Dr. Elnora T. Webb

Dr. Elnora T. Webb, President, Laney College. Laney formed a special relationship with the Black Arts Movement to make the event happen. "We love you, Dr. Elnora Tina Webb!"says Marvin X.

L to R: Jim Cave, Odell Johnson Theatre technical director; Eric Smith, Staff Assistant in Laney Business Office (sitting in for Kinetta Barnett, Laney Facilities Services Specialist) and Randolph Belle, Communications Director for President Webb.
Tamika Brown and Alicia Christenson, Co-chairs of the Ethnic Studies Department.

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will honor The Black Arts Movement with a commendation for fifty years work. In the words of ancestor Paul Robeson, Marvin X and the  BAM workers describe themselves as Artistic Freedom Fighters.