"How do you know I'm real? I'm not real. I'm just like you. You don't exist in this society. If you did people wouldn't be seeking equal rights. You're not real. If you were you'd have some status among the nations of the world. So we're both myths. I do not come to you as a reality; I come to you as a myth. Because that's what black people are. Myths. I came from a dream that black man dreamed long ago. I'm actually a present sent to you by your ancestors." --Sun Ra (from: Space Is the Place, 1974

“You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future.”--Thomas Sankara, former President of Burkino Faso

“I am black; I am in total fusion with the world, in sympathetic affinity with the earth, losing my id in the heart of the cosmos...I am black, not because of a curse, but because my skin has been able to capture all the cosmic effluvia. I am truly a drop of sun under the earth.” ― Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

”Without an image of tomorrow, one is trapped by blind history, economics, and politics beyond our control. One is tied up in a web, in a net, with no way to struggle free. Only by having clear and vital images of the many alternatives, good and bad, of where one can go, will we have any control over the way we may actually get there in a reality tomorrow will bring all too quickly.”—Samuel R. Delany

“We will make our own future text.” — Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo

”Our life dreams the Utopia.”—Victor Hugo

“Future is already here but it hasn’t been distributed equally.” —William Gibson

“Afrofuturism plays tricks with history, wrapping street culture with science fiction to advance new and alternative views of the world.” —Denise Markonish

”…the map of the new world is in the imagination…” —Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams: Black Radical Imagination

”Freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift. It must be pursued constantly and responsibly. Freedom is not an ideal located outside of man; nor is it an idea which becomes myth. It is rather the indispensable condition for the quest for human completion.”—Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

AuthorIngrid LaFleur