Black History, Continued: How Do We Learn to Dream

We explore the enduring power of dreams, and the people who dare to follow them, with Nikki Giovanni, Estelle, Peter Ramsey, N. K. Jemisin and more.,


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R.S.V.P. for this free event Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Our dreams inspire an ever-expanding universe of creation — from comic books and movies to art and poetry. And in the right hands, they can even spark transformational change. What inspires us to dream big? To not only imagine a better world, but work to make it a reality?

Join The Times’s Veronica Chambers, as she investigates the mysterious alchemy of imagination — through conversation, verse, art and song.

See a reading from poet and university distinguished professor at Virginia Tech Nikki Giovanni. A performance from singer, actress and radio host Estelle. And a wide-ranging conversation with the director of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Peter Ramsey and the author N. K. Jemisin — all woven together with original animations from Reyna Noriega.

Then, sit in as The Times’s John Eligon talks with Brandon Dasent, Ashanti Scott and Thandiwe Abdullah — three bold young activists whose dreams of a more just and equitable society have inspired them to action.

It’s the inaugural episode of our yearlong series “Black History, Continued.” You can explore more about the series, including articles, interactive experiences and more here.

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