It will take nations of billions to obstruct our dreams: extending BlackCrit through Afrofuturism

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to further theorize BlackCrit to include a deeper focus on the framing idea of Black liberatory fantasy via Afrofuturism. Design/methodology/approach: To develop the theoretical connections, the author revisits their previous scholarship on Black girls’ Afrofuturist storytelling practices to elucidate how the girls used their speculative narratives to critique the antiblackness present in their schools and the world at large and to create future worlds in which they have the power to create the world anew. Findings: This paper discusses the relationship between BlackCrit and Afrofuturism by considering three interrelated ideas: how Afrofuturism acknowledges the antiblackness embedded in the USA; how BlackCrit makes space for liberatory Black futures and otherwise worlds; and how each theoretical idea inherently complements the other. Originality/value: This paper creatively uses a hip hop album as a foundation for the portrayal of the intricate connections between Black pasts, presents and futures. As a conceptual paper, it pushes educators and researchers to consider the call and response between antiblackness and Black futurity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number705669
Number of pages15
JournalJournal for Multicultural Education
StateE-pub ahead of print - Jul 13 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Afrofuturism
  • Black girls
  • Black liberatory fantasy
  • BlackCrit
  • Science fiction


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