Black Futures Month: 2021 will be a pivotal year in the fight against anti-Blackness

Meet five Black Torontonians doing the heavy lifting to make lasting change

Black Futures Month challenges Black people to push for collective liberation. With the pandemic and continued police violence galvanizing more people to call for change, Black Torontonians are seizing the moment to demand a more just future.

Black futures are indelibly linked to Black histories. Within the contexts of colonial and imperialist violence, Black people have always looked to the future. This innate impulse to imagine a more just, equitable and free future is what has propelled Black resistance for centuries. We know what hasn’t worked and what isn’t working. Anti-Black racism remains an endemic and systemic impediment to an unshackled reality for Black people everywhere. 

A year into the pandemic, a period that will shape all our immediate futures in ways we cannot yet know, it’s crucial that we lay the groundwork for tangible progress.  

The work is laborious but it must start now. The future doesn’t hit us all at once, it comes incrementally, day by day, in the actions and decisions we decide to make. These five Torontonians, whose work spans theatre, citybuilding and food security, are ready to get to work. 

Read this year’s Black Futures Month stories below:

Paul Taylor, executive director of FoodShare Toronto

Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, artistic director of Obsidian Theatre

Rodney Diverlus, co-founder Black Lives Matter Canada and director of Wildseed Centre

Cheyenne Sundance, urban farmer and founder of Sundance Harvest

Renee Jagdeo, student at the University of Toronto

Listen to a round-table conversation with Kelsey Adams, Mumbi, Paul Taylor, Cheyenne Sundance, Rodney Diverlus and Renee Jagdeo on the latest episode of the NOW What podcast, available on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or playable directly below:

NOW What is a twice-weekly podcast that explores the ways Torontonians are coping with life in the time of coronavirus. New episodes are available Tuesdays and Fridays.


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