Poet, Writer, Preacher, Public Theologian, Visual Artist, Arts Organizer
Marvin K. White, MDiv, a graduate of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA is the Artivist in Residence and Arts Program Manager at the Oakland Peace Center. He was the inaugural Public Theologian in Residence ('17-'18) at First Congregational Church Berkeley. A former Pastor Associate at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, Marvin is an ordained deacon at City of Refuge UCC, and has worked as a co-facilitator of the "Faith Leaders Round Table" at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Marvin was a recent recipient (’17-’18) The YBCA Fellowship, “What Does Equity Look Like?”, a program that brought together creative citizens from across the Bay Area - artists and everyday people alike - to engage in a yearlong process of inquiry, dialogue, and project generation.
He is the author of four collections of poetry published by RedBone Press: Our Name Be Witness; Status; and the two Lammy-nominated collections last rights and nothin’ ugly fly. His poetry has been widely anthologized in many local and national publications. He is the co-editor of If We Have to Take Tomorrow: HIV, Black Men & Same Sex Desire and an upcoming anthology by black writers on black love, black resistance and black joy.
A public theologian and community-based artist, he is articulating a vision of social, prophetic and creative justice through his work as a poet, artist, teacher, facilitator, activist, community organizer, preacher, homemaker, cake baker, and Facebook Statustician.