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!
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