Since last week, I’ve noticed the movement and magic of support for Black Futures organically growing in real-time. The strength of co-editors Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham’s vision is manifesting on my phone screen, on my Twitter and Instagram timelines with pictures of the book open and proudly displayed. I see community building, I see an archive accumulating, and I see proximity afforded by the creation, production, and dissemination of this book.
“The Black Futures Project” started five years ago in DMs between Drew and Wortham. The book form of Black Futures, which I had the pleasure of reviewing last week, is the current iteration of that project, published December 1. In the editor’s letter, Drew and Wortham state, “This book is a series of guideposts for current and future generations who may be curious about what our generation has been creating during a time defined by social, cultural, and ecological revolution.” The growth of Black Futures and the migration of its message over such a brief period is a testament to the intentionality of their aim.