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An Evening with Toshi Reagon and Friends

On the eve of the US premiere of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower, join powerhouse activist and musician (and co-creator of the opera) Toshi Reagon and poet, scholar, and activist Alexis P. Gumbs to discuss the impact and importance of Parable of the Sower and Octavia Butler's work at large, which has been cited as influencing artists from Kara Walker to Beyonce. Danielle Spurlock, UNC Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, will be moderating.

Come engage in what is sure to be a lively and moving discussion about the book's messages about race, gender, and the future, and how they have factored into Toshi and Alexis's work as artists, activists, and community members. 

This event is the culmination of a free event series celebrating the US premiere of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower at Carolina Performing Arts. The opera, which incorporates two centuries of Black song traditions, was created, written, and composed by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon. For more: please visit

Where: Gerrard Hall

Earlier Event: November 15
Whose Streets? We Will Not Go Quietly
Later Event: November 16
Friendsgiving With CMA Student Groups