The African American Library/Museum
Academy of Da Corner
Read in/teach in
On Saturday, May 15, 2 pm, we will celebrate the release of my latest book The Wisdom of Plato Negro, Parables/Fables by Marvin X.
I am requesting your presence at this event that is also a benefit for Black Bird Press. Most of my twenty books are out of print, plus new titles await publication. Actually, funds are needed for a proper run of The Wisdom of Plato Negro. A limited edition costs nearly twenty dollars per book to print. So funds are urgently needed.
As one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement, we are attempting to advance the cultural revolution. Black Bird Press is my contribution, but I need your support at this time.
The Wisdom of Plato Negro is priced at $100.00 to benefit the BBP book projects.
As many of you know, over the past three or four years, we have given away copies of my books at 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland (retail value $20,000.00). But this is an investment in educating and saving our people, adults and youth.
I was so happy to hear youth tell me recently that reading one of my books changed their lives. A young sister said my book empowered her, she didn’t know she had that much power. Mothers and fathers have purchased my books for their at-risk sons and daughters. Even senior brothers tell me they learn something from my books. So I’m convinced I’m on the right path.
Your support is needed. If you can’t attend the benefit celebration at the African American Library/Museum on Saturday, May 15, 2 p.m., 14th and Martin Luther King, Jr., downtown Oakland, please send a generous donation of any amount to Black Bird Press, 1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA 94702. With a donation of one hundred dollars or more, you will receive a autographed copy of The Wisdom of Plato Negro.
To celebrate the publication of The Wisdom of Plato Negro, Parables/Fables, I am asking poets, writers and community people to join in reading from the parables/fables. The following are especially invited to read:
Ayodele Nzingha (confirmed)
Rev. George Murray
Charile Walker (confimed)
Geoffery Grier (confirmed)
Ptah Allah El (confirmed)
Ramal Lamar (confirmed)
James W. Sweeney(confirmed)
Dr. Julia Hare
Opal Palmer Adisa
Marc Barmuthi Joseph
Wanda Sabir (confirmed)
Dr. Oba T'shaka
J. Vern Cromartie (confirmed)
Alona Clifton (confirmed)
Ken Johnson (confirmed)
Gregory Fields (confirmed)
Timothy Reed (confirmed)
Michelle LaChaux (confirmed)
James Moore (confirmed).
For my reading/performance, I will be accompanied by singer Rashidah Sabreen. If you missed us on KPFA this past Monday, please go to the archives www.kpfa.org/transitionsontradition.
Marvin X, Publisher, editor, author
Black Bird Press
1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA 94702
Book price $100.00
If you can't make the party, the book is available from:
1222 Dwight Way,
Berkeley CA 94702
Please support one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement. Advance the cultural revolution!
Congratulations! on your wondrous achievements.
--Rudolph Lewis, founding editor, Chickenbones, A Journal
“Is Marvin X a parable or fable? We doubt a Marvin X exists! We double doubt there is a Plato Negro!”
—Amiri Baraka"He's the USA's Rumi!"
"Jeremiah, I presume! I am sure these parables are a first in America exploiting this literary category. People will wonder where to place these parables and fables. You have expanded contemporary literature. I suspect there is nothing like them in post-modern American literature."
Lewis, Founding Editor
ChickenBones: A Journal
"If you want to learn about motivation and inspiration, don't spend all that money going to workshops and seminars, just go stand at 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland and watch Marvin X at work. He's Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland."
--Ptahotep A. El (Trace 101)
Mail order only
The truth is priceless, freedom is not free.
Suggested donation: $100.00 (one hundred dollars)
What is the value of truth? The actual value of a hamburger
is $200.00 when factored in the slave labor of tomato, lettuce and cucumber field workers, also the health problems of workers subjected to fields sprayed with pesticides and fertilizers. Also hormone grown beef affects the health of consumers.
Black Bird Press
1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA 94702
Introduction by Ptah Allah El
Preface: A Dialogue—Ishmael Reed, Dr. Nathan Hare, Dr. Rodney D. Coates
Parables and Fables
Parable of Love 1Fable of the Donkey 6
Fable of the Elephant 7Parable of the Heart 9
Parable of the Black Brotherhood 11Parable of King Tut 13
Parable of the Sacred 16Parable of the Poor Righteous Teacher 19
Parable of the Parrot 21Parable of a Happy Dope Fiend 23
Parable of the Man who loved his Mama 24Parable of the Madpoet 28
Parable of the Witchdoctor 31Parable of the Preacher’s Wife 37
Parable of the Rabbit 40Parable of the Black Bourgeoisie 43
Parable of Iraq 46Parable of the War that is not War 50
Parable of the Colored People 52Parable of the Man Who Left the Mountain 55
Parable of the Girl Ignut of Men 60Parable of the A Students 63
Parable of the Good Children 66Parable of Man, Beasts, Ancestors, Nature 68
Parable of the Drunk Man 70Parable of the Hustler 73
Parable of the Woman at the Well 76Parable of the Gambler 78
Parable of Letting Go 79Parable on Death of Dreams 80
Parable of the Bar 83Parable of the Table 84
Parable of the Bitter Bitch 86A Dialogue on Bitch 88
Parable of the Weather 94Parable of the City of God 95
Parable of the Sick Soul 96Parable of the Criminal Society 99
Parable of Monks and Ministers 102Parable of the Dirty South 103
Parable of the No People 105
Fable of the Black Bird 106
Parable of the Real Woman 108
Parable of the Cell Phone 110
Parable of the Man With the Gun in Hand 114
Parable of the Gangsta 116
Fable of the Rooster and the Hen 118
Parable of the Pit Bull 120
Parable of Black Man and Block Man 122
Fable of the Sleeping Lion 124
Parable of the Baby Carriage 125
Parable of the Woman in the Box 127
Parable of the Fire 129
Parable of the Basket 131
Parable of the Man Who Wanted to Die 133
Parable of Neo-colonialism at University of California, Berkeley 137Parable of What Right? 142
Parable of the Cross and the Lynching Tree 144Parable of Who Killed Chauncey Bailey 147
Parable of the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 149
A Platonic Negro Dialogue on the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 153
Parable of the Oakland Police Gang 170Parable of the Family 172
Parable of the North American African as Haitian 176Parable of Same Sex Marriage, Straight Men, Prostitution 180
Parable of Zionism and National Insanity 182Parable of Obama Drama 186
Parable of the Green Revolution 190Parable of Gang Violence and Political Power 192
Parable of who asks the Negro? 196Parable of broken systems, broken minds 199
Parable of Cornel West as angry black man 203Parable of the Sub-prime Negro 204
Parable of the Man Who Talked with Cows 206Parable of A Day in the Life of Plato Negro 207
A Dialogue on White Supremacy 212Parable of the Grand Denial 217
Parable of Imagination 221Parable of Dope, Mamas and Preachers 231
Parable of the Fall of America 234Parable of Evil in the World 235
Parable of American Gangsta J. Edgar Hoover 238Parable of Sobriety 242
Parable of Michael Jackson 246Parable of Suicide 248
Parable of Message to the White Man 250Parable of the Ash Cloud 258
Parable of One Million School Dropouts 260Parable of Tiger Woods and the Mythology of Dick 264
Parable of the Dick Slave 266Parable of Toxic Love 268
Parable of Rape 270Parable of the Dick and Gun 274
Parable of the Mythology of Dick and Pussy 275Parable of Gay and Lesbian Youth 293
Parable of Creativity and Sexuality 300Parable of the Old Lovers 303
Parable of Desirelessness 306
Advance the Cultural Revolution