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SAL & CD Forum Present: Black Futures with Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham

Updated: Jan 8, 2021

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 7:30 pm PST

What does it mean to be Black and alive right now? Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together a new collection of work—images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more—in Black Futures, which tells the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. Drew and Wortham will join Seattle Arts and Lectures for a pre-recorded, online-only event on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. (PST), co-presented with CD Forum.

Black Futures presents a succession of startling and beautiful pieces that generate an entrancing rhythm: Readers will go from conversations with activists and academics to memes and Instagram posts, from powerful essays to dazzling paintings and insightful infographics. In answering the question of what it means to be Black and alive, Black Futures opens a prismatic vision of possibility for every reader. 

General admission tickets to the event start at $65 and include a copy of the Black Futures book. There are a set number of $10 early-release tickets intended for Black, African, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and LGBTQ community members who have been stifled due to systemic racism and patriarchal white privilege. $10 Digital Pass tickets do not include a copy of the book. For these tickets, choose the "Digital Pass, No Book" option at checkout.

All tickets, except Student/25&Under and our $10 ticket level, include a copy of Black Futures, which will be shipped in partnership with our partner bookstore, Estelita's Library.


Kimberly Drew is a writer, curator, and activist. Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in art history and African-American studies. During her time at Smith, she launched the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, which has featured artwork by nearly 5,000 black artists. Drew's writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Elle UK, and Glamour. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Jenna Wortham is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. She is also co-host of the podcast Still Processing, as well as a sound healer, reiki practitioner, and herbalist, all of which she lovingly practices on Kimberly Drew. She is currently working on a book about the body and dissociation. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 


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