Afrofuturism: Race, Erasure, and COVID
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How to Cite

Wallace, B. D., & Schwartz, J. W. (2022). Afrofuturism: Race, Erasure, and COVID. Radical Teacher, 122, 1–12.


Introduction to the issue on Teaching Afrofuturism


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Sharpe, Sarah Rose, “Artist’s Billboard Declaring: ‘There Are Black People in the Future’ Taken Down by Landlord: The Billboard in Pittsburgh Was Initially Removed Due to “Objections to the Content,” But a Recent Wave of Support Suggests the Sign Could Go Back Up.” Hyperallergic, 19 Apr. 2018,

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