Monday, May 18, 2015

Chicago Diary, Marvin X, 1968

 Marvin X loves Angela Davis

Yes, Chicago, get ready for the Wild Crazy Ride of the Marvin X Experience. When Marvin X returned underground from self-imposed exile in Toronto, Canada as a resister of the US war against the peace loving people of Vietnam, 1967, he arrived in Chicago to join the Black Arts Movement Chicago people, i.e., Don L. Lee (Haki Madhudubuti), Carolyn Rogers, Queen Mother Gwen Brooks, Hoyt Fuller, Phil Choran of the AFro Arts Theatre (check correct title, mx). Marvin X had already had the Chicago Arts Ensemble perform at his Black House political/cultural center in San Francisco, 1967 (co-founded by Eldridge Cleaver, playwright Ed Bullins and Ethna Wyatt of Chicago, aka Hurriyah Asar).

In 1968, Chicago and America was giving Marvin X and the North American Africans  a wild crazy ride! When he came underground to Chicago, after discovering "racism is as Canadian as hockey", along with other facts provided him by Canada's angriest Negro Austin Clake, novelist, along with conversations with the great Pan-African Jan Carew who was also in Toronto at the time. Imagine, a young black man mentored by Austin Clarke and Jan Carew! We talked about many things such as his novel Moscow is not my Mecca, i.e., Pan Africans and Communism; about those North American Africans in Ghana during the Nkrumah regime. How suspect they were as C.I.A. agents. From Barbados, Austin Clarke worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Company, but primarily a novelist. His novels and short stories talked of white people with private libraries full of "Negro Literature", they are experts on us, yes, they know more about us than we know about ourselves. Alas, they know you are God and Goddess but you know it not!

Let me get to the wild crazy ride Chicago gave me in 1968. Under a fake name, I did temporary office work in the Loop, the downtown business district; had no problem getting hired under a false name, especially since I could type 80wpm.

Initially, I lived on the North side. As the subway train goes from the Loop to the North, the passengers become whiter and whiter, until there are no blacks except myself. But my Chicago contact lived in the North, so I had no choice.

It was Hurriya's sister, my partner Ethna X. Wyatt, Chicago girl who came to the Bay Area in the 1960s, who co-founded Black Arts West and Black House, who  joined me in exile in Toronto, then went home to Chicago and wrote me about the Black Arts Movement in Chicago, i.e., a poet named Don. L. Lee.

Hurriyah induced me to Chicago, even though our time in Toronto, Canada had been stressful to say the least, mainly because I had no money, i.e., see my Mythology of Pussy and Dick: I couldn't pay my pussy bill! but we can talk about life in exile. Ah, let me tell you, no matter how much you hate these niggers, they yo nigguhs, like no other tribe in the world, Nigguhs is yo tribe, aka Tribe of Shabazz, a Persian term suggesting our history beyond Africa to the World,

The World and Africa by W.E.B. DuBois, a must read. If you haven't read The World and Africa, don't say shit to me; also. the complete works of J.A. Rogers, Destruction of African Civilization, Stolen Legacy, The Cultural Unity of Africa, The Black Anglo Saxons, How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, Message to the Black Man in America. If you have not read these basic texts for Black Culture 101, get out my Academy of the Corner. Don't say shit to me!

Ethna X. Wyatt, aka Hurriyah Asar, Queen Mother of the West Coast Black Arts Movement under the leadership of Marvin X, e.g., Black Arts West Theatre, Fillmore District, San Francisco, 1966, the Black House political and cultural center, San Francisco, 1967, co-founded by Marvin X, Eldridge, Ed Bullins, Ethna X. Wyatt, aka Hurriyah Asar. Hurriyah's relationship has endured, e.g., he has visited her land on the islands of Beaufort, South Carolina, where he wrote his autobiography Somethin Proper, revised his docudrama One Day in the Life and his manual How To Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy.

As per recent events in North Charleston, Marvin X knows the area since he came with his host Hurriyah on many occasion while she handled her business as an entrepreneur. He recalls North Charleston as a depressed area, while Charleston is a 500 year old city, imagine its history, imagine why the hurricanes originate in West African and come directly to the Slave ports such as Charleston.

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