MARVIN X has been one of the prime movers and shakers of the Black arts movement since the 60s, having worked in theatre from San Francisco to New York. With Ed Bullins, he founded Black Arts West Theatre in San Francisco and later joined Ed at the New Lafayette Theatre in Harlem, New York, serving as historian and associate editor of Lafayette's Black Theatre magazine.
He received his M.A. in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where his writing talents were discovered by novelist John Gardner and the late poet Kenneth Rexroth. During the 60s his poetry, plays, interviews and photos appeared in the major Black radical publications: Muhammad Speaks, Journal of Black Poetry, Black Theatre, Black World, Black Dialogue and Black Scholar.
His books of poetry include Fly to Allah, Black Man Listen, Selected Poems, Confession of a Wife Beater and Liberation Poems for North American Africans. Marvin X has recieved writing and planning grants from Columbia University, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. After teaching at Fresno State University, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. San Diego, San Francisco State University, University of Nevada, Reno, Mills College, Merritt and Laney Colleges in Oakland, in the early 80s Marvin X left academia for the real world.
Under the guidance of Brother John Douimbia, he planned and organized the first National Conference of Black Men, November 8, 1980 at the Oakland Auditorium. Since then the Black Men's movement has spread coast to coast with brothers setting up support groups and rites of passage ceremonies throughout America. The Million Man March is the prime example.
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