Marvin X, a founding father/artist of the Black Arts West Movement East Coast Tour- Fall 2012

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Black Arts West Founding Father, Marvin X East Coast Book Tour

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About Marvin X:

Marvin X’s has been a published writer for over 40 years and has a storied past as a writer, teacher, community activist, journalist, entrepreneur, husband, father, and recovered addict.  He has befriended, offended and crossed paths with the likes of Huey Newton, president Ronald Reagan, Amiri Baraka, the Republicans, the Democrats, Donald Rumsfeld, Eldridge Cleaver, and Jim & Tammy Faye Baker just to name a few!
He chronicles the Black experience, the American experience in language that is raw, gritty and brutally honest.  Highly informed, Marvin X speaks to many societal levels and to both genders—to the intellectual as well as to the man/woman on the street or the unfortunate in prison—to the mind as well as the heart.
He shuns political correctness for the truth of life and common sense dominates his thought.  Marvin X’ work in advocating racial cohesion and religious dedication as an antidote to the legacy of racism he saw around him in the 1960s and 1970s has made him an important voice of his generation.
He has lectured at California College of the Arts and taught at Fresno State University; San Francisco State University; UC-Berkeley and San Diego; University of Nevada, Reno; Mills College, Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland.

Marvin X, a teacher, community activist, published author for over 40 years, and founding father/artist of the Black Arts Movement heads to the east coast to celebrate the release of his latest title, The Wisdom of Plato Negro.

The Wisdom of Plato Negro, parables/fables is a post-modern version of the ancient tradition of story telling. Says Rudolph Lewis, "Marvin X has expanded contemporary literature. I suspect there is nothing like them in post-modern American literature." Ishmael Reed declares, "...If I had to pin down the influence upon Marvin X...I would cite the Yoruba texts: texts in the Yoruba language reveal that didacticism is a key component of the Yoruba story telling style.... Marvin X imparts wisdom by employing cautionary tales and uses his own life and mistakes to consul the young to avoid mistakes."

His recent stop in Houston included appearances at SHAPE Community Center, Khepera Books, University of Houston, Africana Studies Department, and Texas Southern University.

The tour will continue with dates in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC at the Black Power Hip Hop Conference, November 2-4.

Marvin X is available for lectures, speaking engagements, and book signings. 

For Booking, contact: Sun in Leo PR | 718 496 2305 |

Marvin X and longtime friend/comrade, Amiri Baraka

Marvin X & mentor/teacher, the incomparable, Sun Ra

The Wisdom of Plato Negro, cover of latest release