ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



If you want pure and holy, he says, read the Quran and the Bible, because Marvin

 is talking about “the low down dirty truth.” For all that, the poetry of Marvin X

is like prayer, beauty-full of reverence and honor for Truth. “It is. it is. it is.”



Marvin X: A Critical Look at the Father 

of Muslim American Literature 

Edited by El Muhajir (Marvin X)


Bibliography of Marvin X

BooksSudan Rajuli Samia (Fresno: Al Kitab Sudan Publishing, 1967)Black Dialectics (Fresno: Al Kitab Sudan, 1967)Fly To Allah: Poems (Fresno: Al Kitab Sudan, 1969)Son of Man: Proverbs (Fresno: Al Kitab Sudan, 1969)Black Man Listen: Poems and Proverbs (Detroit: Broadside Press, 1969)Woman-Man’s Best Friend (San Francisco: Al Kitab Sudan, 1973)Selected Poems (San Francisco: Al Kitab Sudan, 1979)Confession of A Wife Beater and Other Poems (Fresno: Al Kitab Sudan, 1981)Liberation Poems for North American Africans (Fresno: Al Kitab Sudan, 1982)Love and War: Poems ( Castro Valley: Black Bird Press, 1995)Somethin Proper: Autobiography (Castro Valley: Black Bird Press, 1998)In The Crazy House Called America: Essays (Castro Valley: Black Bird Press, 2002)Wish I Could Tell You The Truth: Essays (Cherokee: Black Bird Press, 2005)Land of My Daughters: Poems (Cherokee: Black Bird Press, 2005)  

Works In Progress It Don’t Matter: Essays (Cherokee: Black Bird Press, 2006) You Don’t Know Me and Other Poems (Cherokee: Black Bird Press, 2006) In Sha Allah, A History of Black Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1954-2004 (Cherokee: Black Bird Press, 2006). Seven Years in the House of Elijah, A Woman’s Search for Love and Spirituality by Nisa Islam as told to Marvin X, 2006.

Play Scripts and/or ProductionsFlowers for the Trashman, San Francisco: San Francisco State University Drama Department, 1965.Flowers for the Trashman, San Francisco: Black Arts West/Theatre, 1966.Take Care of Business, musical version of Flowers with music by Sun Ra, choreography by Raymond Sawyer and Ellendar Barnes: Your Black Educational Theatre, San Francisco, 1972.Come Next Summer, San Francisco: Black Arts/West, 1966.The Trial, New York, Afro-American Studio for Acting and Speech, 1970.Resurrection of the Dead, San Francisco,  choreography by Raymond Sawyer, music by Juju and Sun Ra, Your Black Educational Theatre, 1972.

Woman-Man’s Best Friend, musical, Oakland, Mills College, 1973.How I Met Isa, Masters thesis, San Francisco State University, 1975.In The Name of Love, Oakland, Laney College Theatre, 1981.One Day In The Life, Oakland, Alice Arts Theatre, 1996.One Day In The Life, Brooklyn, NY, Sistah’s Place, 1997.One Day In The Life, Manhattan, Brecht Forum, 1997.One Day In The Life, Newark, NJ, Kimako’s Blues, 1997.One Day In The Life, Oakland, Uhuru House, 1998.One Day In The Life, San Francisco, Bannam Place Theatre, North Beach, 1998.One Day In The Lifee, San Francisco, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 1999.One Day In the Life, Marin City, Marin City Rec Center, 1999One Day In the Life, Richmond, Unity Church, 2000.One Day In the Life, San Jose, San Jose State University, 2000.One Day In the Life, Berkeley, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2000.One Day In the Life, Sacramento, New Colonial Theatre, 2000.

Sergeant Santa, San Francisco, Recovery Theatre script, 2002.

OtherDelicate Child, a short story, Oakland, Merritt College Student Magazine contest winner, 1963.Delicate Child, a short story, Oakland, SoulBook Magazine, 1964.Flowers for the Trashman: A One Act Drama, San Francisco, Black Dialogue Magazine, 1965.Flowers for the Trashman, Black Fire, An Anthology of Afro-American Writing, edited by Amiri Baraka and Larry Neal, (New York: Morrow, 1968).

Take Care of Business: A One Act Drama, aka Flowers, (New York: The Drama Review, NYU,1968) The Black Bird (Al Tair Aswad): A One-Act Play, New Plays from the Black Theatre, edited by Ed Bullins with introduction (interview of Ed Bullins) by Marivn X, (New York: Bantam, 1969)“Islam and Black Art: An Interview with Amiri Baraka” and foreword by Askia Muhammad Toure, afterword by Marivn X, in Black Arts: An Anthology of Black Creations, edited by Ahmed Alhamisi and Haroun Kofi Wangara (Harold G. Lawrence) (Detroit: Black Arts Publications, 1969).

“Everything’s Cool: An Interview with Amiri Barka, aka, LeRoi Jones”, Black Theatre Magazine, New Lafayette Theatre, Harlem, NY, 1968.Resurrection of the Dead, a ritual/myth dance drama, Black Theatre Magazine, New Lafayette Theatre, Harlem,  1969.Manifesto of the Black Educational Theatre of San Francisco, Black Theatre, 1972.The Black Bird, A Parable by Marvin X, illustrated by Karen Johnson ( San Francisco: Al Kitab Sudan and Julian Richardson and Associates Publishers, 1972).

“Black Justice Must Be Done,” Vietnam and Black America: An Anthology of Protest and Resistance, edited by Clyde Taylor (Garden City: Double-day/Anchor, 1973)“Palestine,” a poem, Black Scholar magazine, 1978. Journal of Black Poetry, guest editor, 1968.“The Meaning of African Liberation Day,” by Dr. Walter Rodney, a speech in San Francisco, transcribed and edited by Marvin X, Journal of Black Poetry, 1972.Muhammad Speaks, foreign editor, 1970. (Note: a few months later, Marvin X was selected to be editor of Muhammad Speaks until it was decided he was too militant. Askia Muhammad (Charles 37X) was selected instead.)A Conversation with Prime Minister Forbes Burnham of Guyana, Black Scholar, 1973.

VIDEOGRAPHY OF EVENTS/PRODUCTIONSProceedings of the Melvin Black Human Rights Conference, Oakland, 1979, produced by Marvin X, featuring Angela Davis, Minister Farakhan, Eldridge Cleaver, Paul Cobb, Dezzie Woods-Jones, Jo Nina-Abran, Mansha Nitoto, Khalid Abdullah Tarik Al Mansur, Dr. Yusef Bey, Dr. Oba T-Shaka, and Marvin X.Proceedings of the First Black Men’s Conference, Oakland, 1980, John Douimbia, founder, Marvin X, chief planner, Dr. Nathan Hare, Dr. Wade Nobles, Dr. Yusef Bey, Dr. Oba T’Shaka,Norman Brown, Kermit Scott, Minister Ronald Muhammad, Louis Freeman,   Michael Lange, Betty King, Dezzie Woods-Jones, et al.Forum on Drugs, Art and Revolution, Sista’s Place, Brooklyn, New York, 1997, featuring Amiri and Amina Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Sam Anderson, Elombe Brath and Marvin X.Eldridge Cleaver Memorial Service, produced by Marvin X, Oakland, 1998, participants included Kathleen and Joju Cleaver, Emory Douglas, Dr. Yusef Bey, Minister Keith Muhammad, Imam Al Amin, Dr. Nathan Hare, Tarika Lewis, Richard Aoki, Reginald Major, Majidah Rahman and Marvin X.One Day in the Life, a docudrama of addiction and recovery,  filmed by Ptah Allah-El, produced, written, directed and staring Marvin X, edited by Marvin X, San Francisco: Recovery Theatre, 1999.

Marvin X Interviews Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, former actor in Marvin X’s Black Theatre: Berkeley, La Pena Cultural Center, 1999.“Abstract for An Elders Council,” lecture/discussion, Tupac Amaru Shakur One Nation Conference, Oakland: McClymonds High School, 1999.Marvin X at Dead Prez Concert, San Francisco, 2000.Kings and Queens of Black Consciousness, produced by Marvin X at San Francisco State University, 2001, featuring Dr. Cornel West, Amiri Baraka, Amina Baraka, Dr. Julia Hare, Dr. Nathan Hare,  Rev. Cecil Williams, Destiny, Phavia, Tarika Lewis, Askia Toure, Kalamu Ya Salaam, Rudi Wongozi, Ishmael Reed, Dr. Theophile Obenga, Marvin X, et al.Live In Philly At Warm Daddies,  a reading accompanied by Elliot Bey, Marshall Allen, Danny Thompson, Ancestor Goldsky, Rufus Harley, Alexander El, 2002.

Marvin X Live in Detroit, a documentary by Abu Ibn, 2002.In the Crazy House Called America, concert with Marvin X and Destiny, San Francisco: Buriel Clay Theatre, 2003.Marvin X  in Concert (accompanied by  harpist Destiny, violinist Tarika Lewis and percussionists Tacuma and Kele Nitoto, dancer Raynetta Rayzetta), Amiri and Amina Baraka, filmed by Kwame and Joe, Berkeley: Black Repertory Group Theatre, 2003.Marvin X Speaks at the Third Eye Conference, Dallas, Texas, 2003.Marvin X and the Last Poets, San Francisco: Recovery Theatre, 2004.

Proceedings of the San Francisco Black Radical Book Fair, produced by Marvin X, filmed by Mindseed Productions, San Francisco, Recovery Theatre, 2004, participants include: Sonia Sanchez, Davey D, Amiri Baraka, Sam Hamod, Fillmore Slim, Askia Toure, Akhbar Muhammad, Sam Anderson, Al Young, Devorah Major, Opal Palmer Adisa, Tarika Lewis, Amina Baraka, Julia and Nathan Hare, Charlie Walker, Jamie Walker, Reginald Lockett, Everett Hoagland, Sam Greenlee, Ayodelle Nzinga, Suzzette Celeste, Tarika Lewis, Raynetta Rayzetta, Deborah Day, James Robinson, Ptah Allah-El, Kalamu Ya Salaam, Marvin X, et al. (Note: let me please acknowledge some of the historic personages in the audience: Gansta Alonzao Batin (mentor of the Bay Area BAM, made his transition shortly after the conference), Willie Williams of Broadside Press, Detroit, Gansta Brown, Gansta Mikey Moore (now Rev.), Arthur Sheridan, founder of Black Dialogue magazine, also co-founders Aubrey and Gerald LaBrie, Reginald Major, author of Panther Is A Black Cat. Thank you all for making this event historic, ed. MX)

Get Yo Mind Right, Marvin X Barbershop Talk, #4, a documentary film by Pam Pam and Marvin X, Oakland: 2005.Marvin X Live in the Fillmore at Rass’elas Jazz Club, A Nisa Islam production, filmed by Ken Johnson, San Francisco, 2005.Marvin X in the Malcolm X Room, McClymonds High School, accompanied by Tacuma (dijembe and percussion, dancer/choreographer  Raynetta Rayzetta, actor Salat Townsend, filmed by Eddie Abrams, Oakland, 2005.

AUDIOGRAPHYIn Sha Allah, interview with Nisa Islam, Cherokee, 2004.In Sha Allah, interview with Nadar Ali, Fresno, 2004.In Sha Allah, interview with Manuel Rashid, Fresno, 2004.In Sha Allah, interview with John Douimbia, Grand Ayatollah of the Bay, San Francisco, 2004.In Sha Allah, interview with Minister Rabb Muhammad, Oakland, 2004.In Sha Allah, interview with Antar Bey, CEO, Your Black Muslim Bakery, Oakland, 2004.In Sha Allah, interview with Norman Brown, Oakland, Oakland, 2004. In Sha Allah, interview with Kareem Muhammad (Brother Edward), Oakland, 2004.Love and War, poems, Oakland, 1995.One Day In The Life, docudrama, Oakland, 1999.Jesus and Liquor Stores, Marvin X and Askari X, Oakland, 2002Wake Up, Detroit, Marvin X interviewed by Lawrence X, Detroit, 2002..Wish I, interview with Pam Pam, San Francisco, KPOO Radio, 2005.Wish I, interview with Terry Collins, San Francisco, KPOO Radio, 2005.Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement, interview with Professor James Smethurst of UMASS, Oakland, 2003.

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This work is scheduled for publication sometime next year. For more information write to Marvin X @ University of Poetry/Black Bird Press, 11132 Nelson Bar Road, Cherokee CA 95965. / 510-472-9589. Writers are welcome to submit a critical essay on the writings of Marvin X for consideration. Why don’t you who are able, send a generous donation to make this work possible. If you believe in what I am doing and have been doing for the past forty years, put your money where you mouth is and send a generous donation to Black Bird Press, 11132 Nelson Bar Road, Cherokee CA 95965. May Allah bless you.

As-Salaam-Alaikum, Marvin X. 5/19/05

Happy birthday Malcolm!  

Preface  of father o f Muslim American Literature     Introduction    Dedication Contents The Contributors   Bibliography of Marvin X

posted May 22, 2005

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For more on Marvin X at Fresno State University, check out the archives of Gov. Ronald Reagan and FSU President Frederick Ness. Google has ample entries for Marvin X. Visit his blog:  . Email him at: jmarvinx@yahoo. com. His books are available from Black Bird Press, 1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94702, $19.95 each. For speaking engagements, call 510-355-6339

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Books by Marvin X

Love and War: Poems  / In the Crazy House Called America

 Woman: Man’s Best Friend Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality

Marvin X on YouTube

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery

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The Journal of Negro History issues at Project Gutenberg

The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 — The Founding of Haiti 

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