Marvin X's rendition of Amiri Baraka's poem DOPE was a killer. The great writer Gregory Tate said,
"Marvin's reading of Baraka's poem DOPE was a monster!" Thomas Stanley, Sun Ra scholar, author of The Execution of Sun Ra, said, "Marvin's reading of his own poems and DOPE was awesome. I had no idea!"
Sun Ra: Astro Black Mythology and Black Resistance Symposium with a keynote address by Thomas Stanley
On the occasion of his 101st birthday, we invite you to join us for a screening and symposium that will explore and unpack the connections between the ideologies of Black resistance movements and the "cosmic" philosophies of accomplished composer, jazz pianist, band leader, and poet, Sun Ra. The symposium will both reflect upon and anchor the philosophical foundation of Sun Ra's Astro Black Mythology in a contemporary conversation around Afro-futurism and movements such as #BlackLivesMatter.
D. Denenge Akpem
This symposium is organized by David Boykin, 2013/14 Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture Artists-in-Residence, leader of the David Boykin Expanse, and founder of Sonic Healing Ministries, in collaboration with the University of Chicago.
Sponsored by the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, the Julie and Parker Hall Endowment for Jazz and American Popular Music, the Department of Music, and the Deputy Provost for the Arts.