What a superb slice of history and analysis this is, Brother Marvin!!! Long may you think and write in this vein.--John Woodford, former editor of Muhammad Speaks and Michigan Today, professor emeritus University of Michigan
Reed and Marvin X. Marvin X also taught at UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, San Francisco State
University, Fresno State University, University of Nevada, Reno, Mills College, Laney College,
Merritt College and Kings River Community College.
photo Wanda Sabir
"Don't beat yaself, Jackmon, enjoy yaself. One day at a time, one day at a time.... Marvin X was my teacher; many of our comrades came through his Black Arts Theatre, e.g., Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Emory Douglas, Samuel Napier, et al."--Dr. Huey P. Newton, co-founder Black Panther Party (quoted in Marvin X's docudrama One Day in the Life, the longest running North American African play in Northern California (1996 through 2002, Recovery Theatre production, San Francisco; also produced in New York at Sista's Place, Brooklyn, NY; Brecht Forum, Manhattan, New York; Kimako's Blues Theatre, Newark, New Jersey, produced by Amiri Baraka).
During this time I was also attending my draft trial in San Francisco, supported by Los Angeles students who called themselves the United Black Students of California who told the media, "We want Marvin X on campus, not in Vietnam, not in Jail....
Black Dialogue Magazine staff who visited the Soledad Prison Black Culture Club, 1966:
Aubrey LaBrie, Marvin X, Abdul Sabrey, Al Young, Arthur Sheridan, Duke Williams. Most of us were members of the Black Students Union at San Francisco State College/now University.
Sun Ra scolded me about teaching freedom to my actors while he arranged the musical production of my play Flowers for the Trashman, renamed TCB or Take Care of Business (See The Drama Review, ed. by Ed Bullins, 1968). "Marvin, your actors don't need freedom, stop teaching them freedom. They need discipline! Not freedom, don't you see how free, wild and crazy they are? Stop teaching them that freedom, justice and equality. Teach discipline, that's what I teach my musicians!”
May 21, 2015
Bay Area Black Artists gather in memory of slain journalist Chauncey Bailey. Outside Joyce Gordon Gallery, 14th and Franklin, downtown Oakland.
Marvin X is available for media interviews, reading, speaking and performance of the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra coast to coast. Send letter of invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 510-200-4164