Saturday, April 2, 2016

Straight Outta Oakland: the Black Arts Movement 27 City Tour

Straight Outta Oakland
The Black Arts Movement 27 City Tour

Now that the Oakland City Council has approved the Black Arts Movement Business District, the time has come for the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra to hit the road and complete the 27 City Tour envisioned by ancestor Amiri Baraka.  AB told BAM artists to tour the 27 cities with large populations of North American Africans and spread radical cultural consciousness. He said we should at least establish a fifty seat theatre in each city based on the BAM concept of the artistic freedom fighter. Long live the spirit of AB!


The Black Arts Movement was/is the most radical artistic and literary movement in American history, sister of the Black Power Movement. Our mission is to spread radical cultural consciousness throughout the land. We thank the citizens of Oakland for establishing the first Black Arts Movement Business District in America.
Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro American Writing

 BAM co-founder Marvin X and Lynette McElhaney, President of the
 Oakland City Council

We especially thank Oakland City Council President, Lynette McElhaney, for pushing through legislation establishing the Black Arts Movement Business District. Also, thanks to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Laney College President Elnora T. Webb for celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Black Arts Movement at Laney College.

We would like the BAM 27 City Tour to end in Cuba with a grand concert featuring the BAM Poets Choir and Arkestra, Francisco Mora's Afro Horn, Sun Ra Arkestra and David Murray. We need sponsors, promoters, booking agents to make this happen. If you or your city has a venue for the 27 City US tour, please contact Marvin X: 510-200-4164.


Marvin X,
BAM 27 City Tour

Icons of the Black Arts Movement
invited to join the 
BAM 27 City Tour

Askia Toure

Black Arts Movement Icon Sonia Sanchez Returns to Lexington

Sonia Sanchez

Marvin X and Danny Glover
 nikki giovanni photo: Nikki Giovanni Smiles 20090511-nikki.jpg
Nikki Giovanni
The Last Poets 

Felipe Luciano, Last Poets

Haki Madhubuti
Amina Baraka

Mrs. Amina Baraka

Marshall Allen, Sun Ra Arkestra

 Danny Ray Thompson, Flute, Sun Ra Arkestra in album people
Danny Thompson, Sun Ra Arkestra

... the creative work of drummer, composer Francisco Mora Catlett

Francisco Mora Catlett, Afro Horn

David Murray

The Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra

The Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra 
University of California, Merced
BAM 50th Celebration, 2014
Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra
Malcolm X Jazz/Arts Festival
Oakland, CA.

Featured artists of the Bay Area 
BAM Poets Choir and Arkestra

Tureada Mikell, Michelle LaChaux, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Tarika Lewis

Tacuma King Leading Children in Flight in Performance
Tacuma King


Paradise Jah Love

Choreographer Linda Johnson, Val Serrant, Raynetta Rayzetta

<b>Destiny</b> <b>Muhammad</b> playing harp in the Grove. Photo by Jay Yamada.
Destiny Muhammad 

... Tarika Lewis, violin, Earl Davis, trumpet, <b>Tacuma</b> <b>King</b>, percussion
Earle Davis

Zena Allen, 2013
Zena Allen 

Aries Jordan

Marvin X



Dr. Cornel West and Marvin X
Cornel supports and will participate in the
Black Arts Movement 27 City Tour

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