The Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration will commence on Saturday, Feb. 7 in partnership with Laney College and President Elnora T. Webb, Ph.D.
The Bay Area-wide celebration will kick off with a gala opening at the college featuring a performance by the BAM Poet’s Choir & Arkestra, a book fair, and art by inmates from San Quentin prison.
The day of activities begins at 10 a.m. with a Black Arts Movement Physical Wellness Boot Camp facilitated by Michael Bennett’s Wellness Team from the YMCA – HP/Bayview.
The book fair starts at noon and will feature different authors and music, followed by an open mic poetry and speak out session at 2 p.m. The BAM celebration is especially interested in authors that express Black consciousness or other radical themes.
The event will also highlight Black women writers with a BAM panel moderated by Elaine Brown, former Black Panther Party chairman. Panelists will include Judy Juanita, Avojtcha, Alice Walker, Wanda Sabir, Phavia Kujichgulia, and Portia Anderson.
The day will continue with a Black Arts Movement/Black Power Babies panel, moderated by hip hop journalist Davey D. Invited panelists are Phavia and Taiwo Kujichagulia; Dr. Ayodele Nzinga and her son Stanley; Terry Collins and his daughter; Walter Riley and his son Boots Riley; and Marvin X with daughter Nefertiti.
A reception will include an art exhibit from San Quentin inmates and Bay Area visual artists, curated by Professor Leslee Stradford. Invited guests include: Mayor Libby Schaaf and Dr. Nathan Hare, father of Black Studies and founding publisher of the Black Scholar Magazine.
Marvin X will also present his classic play “Flowers for the Trashman.”
,br>Sponsors of the BAM gala opening include Laney College, Post News Group, Black Caucus of California Community Colleges, YMCA – HP/Bayview, Black Think Tank, Black Bird Press, KPOO Radio, Davey D and Greg Bridges of KPFA Radio, lajones associates, and BWOPA/TILE.
Doors open at 9 a.m. Laney College is located at 900 Fallon Ave. in Oakland. For more information or if interested in participating in the BAM Celebration, contact Marvin X at [email protected] or (510) 200-4164.