Notes on The John D/Marvin X University House
We propose to establish the John D/Marvin X University House, a space for free thinkers, an educational and social action center wherein intergenerational learning can transpire in an atmosphere of love and healing. Such a center would entertain, discuss and debate all ideas, philosophies and ideologies. It would be an environment to consider the past and plan for the future. The focus or target would be youth and adults with an interest in learning to improve their skills to survive and thrive in the Information Age and the era of spiritual consciousness, beyond religiosity and dogmatism. Such a space would be interdenominational and ecumenical. We would study past mistakes in education and liberation to insure future generations do not make critical mistakes and thus avoid historical discontinuity by ignoring lessons of the past.
The University House would hold sessions on healing from the addiction to white supremacy, manhood and womanhood training, including sexual identity problems and male/female relations, parenting and respect for senior citizens. Political education and economic self-sufficiency would be of primary concern.
We will be a think tank for resolving lingering social issues and problems that are the result of existing in a hostile environment, such as health disparities and parity in economic matters.
The wisdom of elders will be considered in a respectful manner and the ideas of youth will be of equal importance. We will not discount the input of youth since they are coming into a world elders shall never see, thus the focus is on youth, especially at-risk youth, although we want to support the “good children” as well.
While we want to entertain the knowledge of professional educators, we shall also entertain the ideas of community scholars, especially the non-academic variety that possesses common sense sometimes lacking in persons from academia.
Mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress and unresolved grief shall be of prime importance. Criminal justice matters shall be considered, including black on black homicide, murder under the color of law and domestic violence will be high on the agenda. Anger management must be addressed along with psycholinguistics or resolving communication problems resulting from misuse of the alien English language, the residue of colonialism.
The arts, literature, theatre, dance and music must be an essential component of University House, along with martial arts for self defense.
University House shall publish and disseminate through film, video and audio the proceedings for community consumption.
The John D/Marvin X University House shall be maintained collectively through donations of students,teachers, patrons and sponsors. It must be an independent institution so the free expression of radical ideas shall not be inhibited. We welcome community input and suggestions. Projected life of this institution should be fifty to one hundred years.
Invited board of directors:
Dr. Nathan Hare
Dr. Julia Hare
Marvin X's forthcoming book is UP from Ignut or Pull Yo Pants Up fa da Black President--the Soulful Musings of a North American African, Black Bird Press, Berkeley, 2009