by Salome Chimuku, Ainsworth United Church of Christ, Portland, OR
As we come into the fall season, people stay in, watch their favorite shows and movies, or curl up with a good book. Well, for some of us, including me, that book may be a comic book. The world of fiction, sci-fi, and superheroes has played a role in almost everyone’s life. We can all remember a time we woke up on Saturday morning and watched or listened to the adventures of some hero battling the forces of evil. These heroes did more than just entertain–they sometimes fought the evils found in our everyday lives.
“It was a big deal for an African-American woman to portray an officer on television,” said famous actor Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura on “Star Trek.” Often we find these fictitious universes and worlds to be more advanced from a social justice perspective than current society. It would be another 20 years before a woman of color could hold such a high-ranking position as Lieutenant. Imagination often pushes reality. Bold futures start in someone’s imagination and dreams.