Marvin X is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland.
The Wisdom of Plato Negro Parables/Fables
He’s the USA’s Rumi! The wisdom of Saadi, the ecstasy of Hafiz!—Bob Holman
--Rudolph Lewis, Chickenbones.
Marvin X was my teacher. Many of our comrades came through his Black Arts Theatre: Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Emory Douglas and Samuel Napier.
-Dr. Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party
To all seekers of truth living in the post modern world, this volume of literature is your pragmatic hustler’s guide and intellectual syllabus for success. Some people found it strange when scholar Ishmael Reed first compared Marvin X, the son of Owendell and Marian Jackmon to the classical Greek Philosopher Plato (427 B.C.), son of Ariston and Perictione.
--Ptahotep A. El (Tracy Mitchell)
Fable of the Black Bird 87
Parable of the Real Woman 89
Parable of the Cell Phone 91
Parable of the Man With the Gun in Hand 94
Parable of the Gangsta 96
Fable of the Rooster and the Hen 98
Parable of the Pit Bull 100
Parable of Black Man and Block Man 102
Fable of the Sleeping Lion 103
Parable of the Baby Carriage 104
Parable of the Woman in the Box 106
Parable of the Fire 107
Parable of the Basket 110
Parable of the Man Who Wanted to Die 111