29 Inspiring Essays And Illustrations That Explore The State Of Black Future

Our #BlackFutureMonth series helped to make this February one to remember.
The Huffington Post

On Black Voices, we honor black history year-round, but this February, we doubled-down on our efforts to recognize and celebrate the work of so many astounding African Americans.

We collaborated with Darnell L. Moore and Tanya Lucia Bernard of the Black Lives Matter Network to not only examine black past and present but also explore how we can collectively achieve a better black future.

We brought back our #BlackFutureMonth series, through which we invited 29 black writers to examine 29 different topics and envision ways we can work together to address them. Each piece was accompanied with beautiful original artwork from various talented artists, which reflected upon the respective themes, including education, employment and black excellence.

Through our collaborative series, we not only wanted to celebrate the achievements of yesterday but also explore what we can do NOW to create a better tomorrow for black America. With that in mind, here are the 29 pieces we published last month. We hope they inspire you.

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Day 1: Afrofuturism
Seán Geer
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Day 2: Environmental Justice
EH
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Day 3: Reproductive Justice
Black Lives Matter Network
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Day 4: Black Transgender Lives
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Day 5: Children And Youth
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Day 6: Healing Justice and Wellness
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Day 7: Global Blackness
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Day 8: Black Aging and Elderly
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Day 9: Black Immigrants
Nancy Lisandra Cepero Dominico
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Day 10: Voter Rights and Suppression
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Day 12: Black Women Solidarity
Black Lives Matter Network
"Sister To Sister: Black Women's Solidarity," by Elle Hearns and Treva B. Lindsey.
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Day 12: Disability Justice*
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"Black and Disabled: When Will Our Lives Matter?" by Eddie Ndopu.

*There is no original artwork available for this piece.
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Day 14: Black Love and Friendship
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Day 15: Mass Incarceration
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Day 18: LGBTQ Lives
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Day 20: Food and farming
Gabe Bernard
"The Taste of Justice," by Noliwe Rooks.
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Day 20: Body Positivity
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Day 22: Faith
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Day 25: Policing
Anonymous
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Day 26: Black Leadership
Sharee Miller
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Day 29: Black Excellence

Before You Go

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