Juliana 'Jewels' Smith, Educator-Turned-Comic Writer in Colorlines
The Bay Area resident, inspired by how comics connected with her community college students, developed (H)afrocentric to address structural and economic racism in a funny and accessible way.
Project: “(H)afrocentric,” a comic book series and strip based on the exploits of Naima and Miles Pepper, two Black siblings, and their friends of color at the fictional Ronald Reagan University. The comics tackle racism, gentrification, activist culture and more with levity and humor.
Why You Should Care: After spending several years teaching community college students about social injustice and activism, Smith is using “(H)afrocentric,” to go beyond classrooms.