How Black Fiction Helps Us Imagine A Better Future

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Alyssa Guzik
May 13, 2024

Afrofuturism weaves fantasy, African culture, and reality into stories about our culture. Could it be the key to helping us work together more effectively as a people?

A term formally introduced in 1993 by Mark Derry, Afrofuturism is a form of speculative fiction that emerged in the 1960s. The genre defied societal expectations by championing the stories and dreams of Black people, projecting us into futuristic worlds where we were unified, safe, and free.

Pioneers like Octavia Butler and Samuel R. Delany crafted intricate tales weaving elements of African mythology, advanced technology, and social critique. This allowed for narratives that challenged conventional notions of progress and offered thought-provoking possibilities for the future.

Today, this literary movement has expanded its reach to explore themes of identity politics, social justice, and cultural heritage, inspiring a new generation to build and fight back with an unyielding determination for change and respect for each other.

By envisioning futures where Blackness flourishes, Afrofuturism empowers us to dismantle prevailing power structures and forge a new reality where unity reigns supreme. What kind of future can you imagine for our people?