Creative Placemaking,
Black Restorative Ecologies,
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Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures

An Exhibit Exploration with Zandria Robinson

Tuesday, March 12 | 3:00pm
National Museum of African American History and Culture


Join us on Tuesday, March 12 at 3pm for a group trip to view the Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture! 

Afrofuturism expresses notions of Black identity, agency and freedom through art, creative works and activism that envision liberated futures for Black life. Using more than 100 objects from music, film, television, comic books, fashion, theater, literature and more, the National Museum of African American History and Culture‘s latest exhibition covers more than a century of Afrofuturism’s rich history of expression and investigates its impact and broad influence on American culture.

Following individual time to explore the exhibit, Associate Professor of African American Studies Dr. Zandria Robinson will facilitate a discussion at 4:15pm on Afrofuturism and the ways that Black artists, designers, musicians, and writers imagine and enact new speculative worlds.

We will meet in front of the museum’s group entrance located at 15th Street and Madison Drive NW between 2:45-3pm. We have a limited number of group tickets. Please RSVP at the above link so we can know to expect you and ensure you receive access to a timed entry pass.

Co-Explorer Bio

Dr. Zandria F. Robinson is a writer and sociologist working at the intersections of race, gender, popular culture, and the U.S. South. A native Memphian and classically-trained violinist, Robinson earned the Bachelor of Arts in Literature and African American Studies and the Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Memphis and the Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from Northwestern University. Dr. Robinson’s first book, This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) won the Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award from the Division of Racial and Ethnic Minorities of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her second monograph, Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life (University of California Press, 2018), co-authored with long-time collaborator Marcus Anthony Hunter (UCLA), won the 2018 CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Title and the Robert E. Park Book Award from the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Her next monograph, Soul Power: Race, Place, and the Battle for the Memphis Sound (University of North Carolina Press) examines race, culture, and neighborhood change in South Memphis, former home of the renowned soul music factory Stax Records. She is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University.

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