ABHM Book Club with HYFIN: Afro Futurism by NMAAHC
America’s Black Holocaust Museum’s founder, Dr. James Cameron, was an avid reader and inspiring writer and educator. To this day, he is the only known survivor of a lynching to write and publish a memoir about such an experience. In his honor, we created this book club in November of 2020 to bring together a community of all backgrounds to learn about and discuss our collective past, modern manifestations of racism, and how we create racial repair, reconciliation, and healing for a better future.
This in person book club meet up is developed in partnership with HYFIN radio, a media movement from Radio Milwaukee that is dedicated to playing the full spectrum of Black music and connecting the culture. Our book selection is Afro Futurism: A History of Black Futures by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which we will discuss on June 21st at 6 PM CT via ABHM. Doors will open at 5:30 PM CT.
We’ll together explore the captivating world of Afro Futurism. This groundbreaking book delves into the exciting concept that imagines a future where black identity is celebrated and empowered through music, art, and speculative fiction. With sumptuous spreads featuring 100 stunning illustrations showcasing iconic objects such as T’Challa’s suit from Black Panther or Janelle Monae’s ArchAndroid dress – this book will leave you in awe.
Each chapter features essays by diverse scholars who explore themes like legacy, alienation, activism while also profiling influential people and objects. From space to short stories; comics to superheroes; visual culture to music – every aspect of Afrofuturist expression is covered here!
At its core lies an urgent message for our times- one that offers hope amidst increasing visibility against oppressive structures like white supremacy. Join us on this journey towards liberation!
The ABHM Book Club is free and open to all who are able to attend, although the books will need to be purchased by each participant. They are available at Niche Book Bar, Boswell Books, and all major book sellers. If you are having trouble finding a copy, please email email@example.com.
Thank you and hope to see you there!
The ABHM Team
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