Friday, May 25, 2007

Mumia Abu Jamal On Marvin X: Live from Death Row

MUMIA ABU JAMAL quotes MARVIN X

Little may be known in the mainstream of poet/writer/teacher Marvin X but within circles of radical and independent artists and thinkers, he remains an icon!

Political prisoner/activist, Mumia Abu Jamal recently included an excerpt from a Marvin X essay in his internationally syndicated column. The article entitled, HOW 'BLACK' IS OUR HISTORY MONTH written live from death row, explores the true spirit of Black History Month. ----Katrina -- the ravages, not of weather, but of government, as Black Arts Movement poet, playwright, and essayist Marvin X put it so eloquently in his recent Beyond Religion -- Toward Spirituality: Essays on Consciousness (Cherokee, CA: Black Bird Press, 2006): "We have tried their sham democratic elections to no avail, as we saw in the 2000 general election when our votes were discounted. Between our treatment in the 2000 election and Katrina, what else do we need to know about American democracy? What part of no don't you understand? Both events revealed America to be nothing more than a banana republic with respect to us: we were treated worse than dogs in both respects." [p. 192] " To read the full article:http://www.mumia.org/freedom.now/ {HOW 'BLACK' IS OUR HISTORY MONTH?}

2 comments:

adrienne said...

"Between our treatment in the 2000 election and Katrina, what else do we need to know about American democracy? What part of no don't you understand?"

I am quoting you far and wide on this one!!!

Wonderful blog!!! I'm so happy you got this up and running!

Doris said...

Marvin X, Wow! Glad to read your great work again. Lost contact w/ you; however, I presented a question to brother Ahmad re his feelings with regard to Memorial Day and he sent me your poem. I would welcome the opportunity to interview you again, as well as brother Mumia Abu Jamal. I heard Mumia a couple weeks ago w/ Amy Goodman on Democracy Now. Visit my site at www.baileygroup.org, then go to my UPDATE page to link to my show on TALK1430 WLKF.