Black Arts Movement producer Marvin X has recruited a dynamic “dream team” for the upcoming Bay Area Black Arts 50th Anniversary celebration next year, including actor Delroy Lindo and former Black Panther Party Chairwoman Elaine Brown.
As he attended the recent benefit for Marcus Books, “Black Men Speak” which featured dramatic readings by actors Lindo, Shabaka Henley and Danny Glover, Marvin received generous support for the Bay Area celebration.
The event included a panel discussion with attorney John Burris on recent protests that have riddled the nation and the war against Black men.
“Our response to events like [Michael Brown, Eric Garner], since the first police murder in 1966 of Dezil Dowell in Richmond, is to be constructive rather than destructive,” said Marvin X. “We think our call for the Black Arts Movement Culture and Business District along 14th Street is a way to reestablish our dignity and self respect.”
Actors Delroy Lindo and Danny Glover agreed to participate in the Bay Area Black Arts 50th Anniversary celebration, as well as former Black Panther Party Chairwoman Elaine Brown and Mama Ayana of the Malcolm X Grass Roots.
Longtime friends and comrades in the Black Arts Movement, Marvin X and Danny Glover attended San Francisco State University where Marvin’s first play, “Flowers for the Trashman,” was produced by the drama department.
After listening to pianist Muziki Roberson who accompanied Henley’s reading, the musician also accepted Marvin’s invitation to perform with the BAM Arkestra and Poet’s Choir.
Other musicians who have singed on to the BAM celebration include John Santos, David Murray, Destiny Muhammad, Mechelle LaChaux, Tarika Lewis, Tacuma King, Paul Smith, Augusta Collins, Zena Allen, Elliott Bey, Earl Davis, Val Serrat, and more.
The 50th Anniversary celebration will open on Feb. 7, 2015 at the Laney College Art Gallery. It will exhibit the art of San Quentin inmates as part of the BAM/Post News Isaiah 61 Project. On Feb. 11-13, Marvin X and the Poet’s Choir and Arkestra will perform at the Black Caucus of California Community Colleges Conference under the leadership of Marlene C. Hurd.
For more information or to participate in the Bay Area Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary celebration, contact Marvin X at [email protected] or 510-200-4164.