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Carrie Mattern is a mother, reader, educator, writer, and organizer. She teaches English 9, English 12, and AP Literature to young adults at Carman- Ainsworth high school in Flint, MI. She is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She earned her Masters degree at the University of Michigan- Flint in Language and Literacy. Currently she is President of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English.


Afrofuturism has a solid place in high school classrooms thanks to the current work of Ryan Coogler, but also to those who have been in this work for decades including the Mother of Afrofuturism herself, Octavia Butler, adrienne maree brown, dream hampton, and a litany of Black poets and artists. This article leaps inside an Afrofuturistic unit curated for high school seniors with feedback and insight from their teachers and also the students who buckled up for a journey through time, space, and place.

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