To Be An Ancestor - Summer 2020


Inspired by Ernest Becker's book, The Denial of Death, To Be An Ancestor is an alchemical + personal examination of Afrofuturist, social justice theology and philosophy of living that seeks to imagine new communal structures, beliefs, and rituals for co-existing with death. By exploring the cannibalistic, existential fear of death created by white supremacy, capitalism, and other oppressive systems, the essays seek to help us integrate and adapt our culture + relationships to help us accept death and change how we construct relationships, policy, and our individual identities.

To Be An Ancestor: Visions Of Our Present Future seeks to provide questions and possibilities to an emergent, liberatory culture that balances being mindful of the present by treating it as the future, and preparing our sense of self-identity as well as our cultural and environmental relationships by relating to the world as living, ancestral forces, creating both a generative, nourishing society for ourselves, and a sustainable, adaptive society for those coming into the world as we depart it.

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