Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Human Earthquake hits Central Valley: Marvin X at University of California, Merced, Kim McMillan's Theatre class

Professor Kim McMillan's Theatre and Social Justice students welcome Marvin X to University of California, Merced. They treated him to a reading of his first play Flower for the Trashman, a Black Arts Movement Classic; it appears in the anthology Black Fire and the just released SOS: A Black Arts Movement Reader. It was written in 1964 while he was an undergrad in the English/Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University, and produced by the Drama Department at SFSU. He received his B.A. and M.A. in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Marvin X was invited to have a conversation with UC Merced students in Professor Kim McMillan's Theatre and Social Justice class. Students surprised the poet when they took turns reading his first play Flowers for the Trashman, musical version Take Care of Business, music by Sun Ra. Students have also read the scene Salaam, Huey Salaam about his last meeting with Black Panther co-founder Dr. Huey P. Newton in a West Oakland Crack house. Salaam, Huey, Salaam, a scene from One Day in the Life, the docudrama of Marvin's addiction and recovery (It's the most powerful drama I've seen--Ishmael Reed) was co-written by playwright Ed Bullins and produced in New York at Woody King's New Federal Theatre. The full length drama was produced in New York at Sista's Place in Brooklyn and the Brecht Forum in Manhattan; in Newark, NJ, it was performed at Amiri Baraka's house.

He enjoyed hearing the students read Flowers for the Trashman that is included in SOS: the Black Arts Movement Reader, edited by Sonia Sanchez, John Bracey and James Smethurst, UMASS Press.
During the Q and A, Marvin told the students Flowers for the Trashman was not only written at the beginning my writing career, but it was written at the beginning of the 1960s Black Arts and Black Liberation Movement. The language reveals Marvin's leaning toward the Nation of Islam which he joined in 1967. Salaam, Huey, Salaam was written in the fourth quarter of my life and at the end of the Black Liberation Movement. The revolutionaries at Sista's Place in Brooklyn said no excuse was acceptable for radicals like Marvin, Huey and Eldridge getting addicted to Crack, but Marvin says we were exhausted from years of struggle. In the scene, Huey tells Marvin, "We had to experience this, Jackmon. But we can come out of it, we came out of slavery." But Huey and Eldridge never made it back from Crack!

Student reading Marvin's first play Flowers for the Trashman, produced by the Drama Department at San Francisco State University, 1964, while he was an undergrad in the English/Creative Writing Department. the novelist John Gardner was the professor who suggested he write Flowers for the Trashman since he was flunking Gardner's English Lit. class. Gardner took the script to the Drama Department.

Catch Marvin X at the 
Second Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair, June 5, 6, 7, 2015

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The Second Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair June 5-7, 2015  is presented in conjunction with the Juneteenth Festival

The historic McClatchy Park known as “The Village,” Saturday, June 6 and June 7, 2015 will be jumping at the Callie Carney Amphitheater featuring gospel, jazz music, bands, poetry, food trucks, vendors and much more!!!

Free and open to the public!!

·         Join Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. & Sacramento Black Book Fair (SBBF), Saturday, June 6 from 12 noon-5:00pm at McClatchy Park @ Callie Carney Amphitheater, (35th Street & 5th Ave.) Sacramento, CA 95817. The event will feature the Juneteenth Festival’s auditions, bands, vendors, food trucks, Oak Park Farmer's Market, and much more!!! For more info visit:
  • Join the Sacramento Black Book Fair (SBBF) Sunday, June 7 from 12 noon-5:00pm McClatchy Park at Callie Carney Amphitheater. The program will feature: Stacey Noble, Singer, Norman McDaniel & EarCandy ~ Jazz,, gospel music, vendors, Brother Hypnotic & local poets, food trucks, music, and much more!!!  

 Thank you and join the celebration!!!
Second Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair (SBBF)
2015 Co-Sponsors/Community Partners:
African Research Institute
Black United Fund of Sacramento Valley
The Black Group
Brickhouse Art Gallery
Blue Nile Press
City of Sacramento – Neighborhood Services Department
Friends of the Sacramento Public Library
Roberts Family Development Center
Sacramento Area Black Caucus
Sacramento City Councilmember Allen Warren
The Sacramento City Teachers Association
Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen
Sacramento City Councilmember Rick Jennings, III
Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer
Teichert Foundation
The Talking Drums News
Colonial Heights Library Affiliated Friends
Kakwasi Somadhi
Underground Books
Drexel University Sacramento
Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,Eta Gamma Omega Chapter
Sacramento Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
Fred and Ruth Foote
ZICA Creative and Literary Guild
Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution, CSUS
Black Humanists and Non-Believers of Sacramento
Sacramento Section- The National Council of Negro Women
Mary McLeod Bethune Readers are Leaders Club
Tracy & Symia Stigler
Young Scholars –Calvary Christian Center
Sacramento Poetry Center
Sister to Sister Book Group
100 Black Men of Sacramento
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
Brenda’s Mane Event
Black Parallel School Board
Literary Ladies Alliance
The Merritt Law Clinic
Sisters Quilting Collective
NIA –Women of Purpose
Leslie & Faye Wilson Kennedy
Sacramento Chapter-Black Child Development Institute
Pam Haynes
Black Images Book Club
The Borden Family
OBBC (Book Club)
Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce
Allegro Book Club
Sacramento Public Library Foundation
The California Endowment
The Office of Campus Community Relations, University of California, Davis
Los Rios Community College District
Roy Kaufman
Sacramento Observer Newspapers
California Black Chamber of Commerce
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Dr. Tchaka Muhammed
Crystal Bowl
Brenda & Keith Dabney
The Scott Family
Dorothy Benjamin & Family
Sacramento Chapter of The Links Incorporated
Phil Nelson & Family

 Endorsed by:
Mayor Kevin Johnson
Women's Civic Improvement Club
Oak Park United Methodist Church
Guild Theater
Sacramento City Unified School District
Sacramento Public Library
Assembly member Kevin McCarty
California Legislative Black Caucus
Crocker Art Museum
Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS)
Sojourner Truth Art Museum

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