June 17, 2024: Proclamation - Octavia E. Butler Day

PROCLAMATION:

Whereas, born in Pasadena, California on June 22, 1947, Octavia E. Butler became one of the most celebrated science fiction writers of her time; and

Whereas, a proud Pasadenan, Octavia spent her formative years in this City, attending Pasadena City College and later transferring to California State University, Los Angeles where she honed her craft and  developed her unique voice; and

Whereas, her groundbreaking works—including “Kindred”, “Parable of the Sower”, and the “Patternist” series—have earned her critical acclaim, literary recognition including Hugo and Nebula Awards, and a lasting place in the literary canon; and

Whereas, Octavia Butler’s writing addressed important social issues, inspiring generations of readers and writers to think critically about the world and their place in it, and paved the way for diverse voices in literature—making her a beacon for aspiring writers, particularly those from underrepresented communities; and

Whereas, today we recognize Octavia Butler’s pioneering spirit and important contributions to the field of literature, celebrate her enduring connection to Pasadena, and honor her lasting impact on our community and the world;

Now, Therefore I, Victor M. Gordo, Mayor of the City of Pasadena, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim June 22, 2024 in Pasadena as Octavia E. Butler Day.

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