Black Future by Kay Rufai

Listen to Kay Rufai’s poem ‘Black Future’ (2020)

In celebration of Black History Month, photographer, poet, filmmaker, author, creative facilitator and mental health researcher Kay Rufai presents ‘Black Future’, a poem on how Black History (or his-story) is lived.

Having worked with Kay on his award-winning ‘S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys’ project, Wandsworth Council invited him to write an accompanying poem and blog that reflects on how Black History influences his work.

Kay Rufai’s ‘S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys’ project, a research-led mental wellbeing project for Black boys in London, can currently be seen around Nine Elms. The project uses photography, poetry, film and discussions to empower the young boys to develop emotional intelligence and best manage their mental health in positive ways. More details here.

Image credit: Kay Rufai