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A Closer Look At Octavia Butler's

Parable of the Sower 


“All that you touch You Change.   All that you Change, Changes you. 
The Only Lasting Truth is Change” 
– Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower


This symposium was an evening between the Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower community and Emergent Strategy author/facilitator adrienne maree brown on what the Parables are teaching us about shaping change and changing worlds. Come prepared to change and be changed. This event is in connection with the New York Premiere of the operas at the Public as part of the Under The Radar Festival.


Moderated by adrienne maree brown


Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Manju Rajendran,

Toshi Reagon, Shayna Small


Based on the post-apocalyptic novel by the late Afro-futurist and science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower is a genre-defying opera that harnesses two centuries of Black music. Conceived by Toshi Reagon, whom Vibe Magazine called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride,” in collaboration with, Bernice Johnson Reagon, the iconic singer, scholar and activist, Parable chronicles the spiritual awakening of young Lauren Olamina amidst a dystopian America wracked by the violence brought on by unrelenting greed and systemic injustice. Parable fuses science fiction, African-American spiritualism, a deep examination of gender, race and environmental activism to construct a mesmerizing work of rare power and beauty that reveals deep insights on the future of human civilization. Based on the novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler.

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's

National Black Theatre
Institute of Action Arts