Much like mid-twentieth century Rastafarian theologies, the Thmei broadsheets play with time in a prophetic language of racial redemption, extracting lessons from ancient history, recuperating and restaging ideas in ways that collapse the usual conceptions of historical time to illuminate conditions and concerns in the immediate present. Explaining patterns of oppression in ways that carry the meaning of ancient events forward into the 1950s black Chicago, the Thmei authors strive to make black emancipation not simply a distant dream but an ever-present possibility.

William Sites

Sun Ra's Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City, 2020

Shiraz Abdullahi Gallab