University of Wisconsin–Madison

Black History Month: Afrofuturism

A poster promoting Black History Month at UW–Madison
This Black History Month, UW–Madison presents programming “designed to educate, celebrate, and support the imagination of Black existence in 2020 and the years to come,” through the theme of Afrofuturism.

VOICES OF THE PAST. LIVING IN THE PRESENT. GUIDING OUR FUTURE.

Afrofuturism is the (re)imagining of the future for Black people through various mediums such as the arts, media, and literature. While Afrofuturism’s origins stem from the erasure of African traditions and identity from the science fiction genre, its reach is far more expansive. It’s a cultural movement that uses the future as a way to (re)imagine the realities and possibilities for those part of the African diaspora.

This year, we have been celebrating the theme of Afrofuturism: B(l)ack to the Future by presenting a cohesive set of programming designed to educate, celebrate, and support the imagination of Black existence in 2020 and the years to come. Our theme for the month aims to show how the voices of our ancestors from the past continue to live in the present, while guiding us into the future.

Events so far have included “An Afrofuturistic Affair,” Paint’N’Heal: Addressing Generational Trauma, and [E]ngage [A]nd [T]aste. Encourage your student to check out upcoming events and programming continuing through the month, such as “Why Afrofuturism?” with Pierce Freelon, the 2020 Black History Month Keynote Speaker.