Exhibit Marvin X Opens in Berkeley

Left to right: Marlene, Ramal, Jordan, James, Marvin, Jahkyl, Tee-Tee, Shanika, Julian, Janye, Aries.

Exhibit Marvin X opened Jan. 13, with a visit by students from Berkeley High (B-Tech).
Students said they enjoyed the exhibit, hosted by Marvin X’s student writers, Aries Jordan and Toya Carter. Accompanying the students was math teacher Ramal Lamar, a student of Marvin X’s Academy of da Corner, who is also a graduate student in Math at Cal State Eastbay. The Master Poet narrated his exhibit. Aries Jordan and Toya Carter read from his selected writings.
This is a rare opportunity to view the archives of an internationally known poet called “USA’s Rumi,” who was one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement, the most radical artistic and literary movement in American history.
Marvin X was associated with the Black Panthers, the Nation of Islam, the Black Student movement and Black Studies. The author of 30 books, his early writings appeared in major Black radical publications during the 60s, including Soulbook, Black Dialogue, Black Theatre, Journal of Black Poetry, Negro Digest/Black World, Black Scholar and Muhammad Speaks.
He occasionally writes in the Oakland Post newspaper and maintains several blogs on the Internet.  His archives were acquired by the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.
Exhibit Marvin X features the writer’s personal archives and will be shown at Black Bird Press Publishing House, 1222 Dwight Way in Berkeley.
The exhibit is open by appointment during January and officially opens in February on Saturday evenings 7 p.m.-10 p.m., reservations only, space limited. The cost of admission is $20, seniors and students $10, no one turned away for lack of funds. Call (510) 575-2225 for reservations. Group rates available for schools, colleges and organizations.