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Marvin X in Harlem, New York, 1968, working underground in the Black Arts Movement while the FBI was seeking his arrest for refusing to fight in Vietnam. In Harlem he was part of the Black Arts Movement. His associates were Askia Toure, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Last Poets, Haki Madhubuti, Mae Jackson, Ed Bullins and the New Lafayette Theatre family where he worked as associate editor of Black Theatre Mgazine; Sun Ra, Milford Graves, Barbara Ann Teer,
et al. He also was in contact with Minister Louis Farakhan and Larry X (Akhbar Muhammad) at Mosque #7 in Harlem.
He eventually served five months in Terminal Island Federal Prison for refusing to be a lackey for American imperialism. While in prison, he studied, wrote and served as Nation of Islam minister. The brothers held an "election" in the big yard, they said, "Marvin X, you the smartest, you the minister." Another brother was appointed secretary and the speak appointed himself captain. :"We did not dispute the "election" in the big yard.