Sunday, October 25, 2009

Marvin X and Fresno State University, Forty Years Later

From: Ali
To: jmarvinx@yahoo. com
Sent: Sun, October 25, 2009 12:14:45 PM
Subject: Concerned CSU, Fresno Student!

Dear Mr. Marvin X,
I am a current Fresno State student. You should know that we had one of the largest protests on campus last Wednesday, October 21 in opposition of the unfair treatment of students at the hands of administration. Over 600 students marched in solidarity! Among the many problems we are facing is the risk of loosing many if not all ethnic and gender studies programs at Fresno State. Since you played a critical role in bringing ethnic studies to our campus, we thought you should know. In this time of academic crisis on our campus students need all the allies we can find.

You should also know that our protest forced President Welty to meet with students on November 3, 2009 to negotiate a list of demands put forth by students. This negotiation meeting will take place at the Peace Garden on campus. We would really like you to visit our campus sometime very soon.

I look forward to your reply!

~Ali Espinoza

Reply by Marvin X to Ali

I would be honored to visit your campus ASAP. Tell your president Welty to bring Marvin X on campus and honor him for fighting for justice at FSU. In fact, fighting for justice for Fresno. Retired police sargeant Jack Kelly, founder of the Afro-American Museum, says, "When Marvin X fought to teach at FSU in 1969, he made things better for all of us, not just students. Black police couldn't patrol the white neighborhoods until he fought at FSU." Tell the president my fee is five grand plus fare and lodging. This is partial compensation for setting me up for assassination on the orders of Gov. Ronald Reagan, "Get that nigger off campus by any means necessary."

Marvin X

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