In response, Dr. Ayana Jamieson founded the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network to preserve and promote research and scholarship on one of the preeminent science fiction and fantasy writers of the 20th century.
Butler’s impact can’t be overstated. She is more than a writer who passed away suddenly in 2006. Butler left readers yearning for more of her writing and more details about her life. She is a cultural figure, a feminist philosopher of science, a researcher, a theorist and so much more. The title of “Grandame of Afrofuturism” doesn’t even encompass all of who she was and what she did or the ongoing impact of her life’s work. It is not exaggeration to suggest that the lessons in Butler’s life and writing may help us formulate survival strategies for what seems like the inevitable collapse of human civilization. Since 2011, the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network has been working to create community and promote engagement with her archives through research, writing, art, activism, and explorations of her impact on humanity. Today we are asking for your support. Jamieson was soon joined by Dr. Moya Bailey, Digital Alchemist for OebLegacy:
“Butler’s worlds hold so much possibility. Her work is super queer, and gender fluid, and there are Black and brown people at the center. That type of diversity is rare and it speaks to readers. Her attention to her craft is something that can’t be denied. Digital Alchemy is a concept I came up with to think about the transformative way women of color and Black women in particular are using online tools to do revolutionary work those tools were never imagined to do. For the Network, that looks like managing our Tumblr and Twitter accounts and staying informed about how Octavia Butler’s legacy moves through digital spaces which helps to nurture all kinds of Black Girl Magic online and off.” ~Moya Bailey
In order to continue this important work, Drs. Jamieson and Bailey, and the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network are gathering and distributing funding to ensure that they and others can build and grow Butler’s legacy in for four key areas - publishing, public speaking, teaching, and community building. Every dollar pledged ensures Butler’s legacy as the world-shaping visionary futurist.
Thank you for your support.
Recent work supported by the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network:
- Black Blessings: Toni Cade Bambara and Octavia E. Butler, The Feminist Wire
- Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International: Special Issue on Octavia E. Butler, Edited by Moya Bailey and Ayana Jamieson
- Radio Imagination:Octavia E. Butler’s Los Angeles, for Clockshop at Los Angeles Public Library’s ALOUD Series
- Science Fiction L.A.: Words and World Building in the City of Angeles
- Dawn: A Talk-Through the Octavia E. Butler Archives, Pasadena City College
- Writing Herself In, The Huntington Library
- "Ferguson is the Future": Incubating Alternative Worlds Through Arts, Activism, and Scholarship, Princeton University
- Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler through Archives, Art, and worldmaking, University of California, San Diego