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Black Psychedelic Revolution

Black Psychedelic Revolution

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Nicholas Powers
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Black Psychedelic Revolution: From Trauma to Liberation--How to Heal Racial, Generational, and Systemic Trauma Through Reclaiming Black Psychedelic


How psychedelics can heal historical, intergenerational, and racialized trauma--an Afrofuturistic take on Black psychedelia toward joy and liberation

The mainstream has long seen psychedelic medicine as the purview of people with privilege: money to burn, time to trip, and the social safety to experiment with drugs without risking arrest or worse. Despite psychedelics' deep roots in Black and Indigenous cultural practices, most psychedelic spaces have excluded Black people and other People of Color. But psychedelics like psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine are not just for a rarefied liberal elite--and they're definitely not just for white people.

Combined with quality therapy, safe and equitable access, and full-scale societal healing, psychedelics are a shortcut to liberation, dignity, and power--the "Promised Land" as envisioned by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Risqué? Sure. But that doesn't make it any less true.

In Black Psychedelic Revolution, Dr. Nick Powers charts how psychedelics can heal historical, intergenerational, and racialized trauma. He shows how these medicines unlock a return to one's self, facilitating an embodied experience of safety, peace, and beingness otherwise disrupted by whiteness--and explores psychedelics' ability to transform individual wellness even as they transcend it. Drugs taken with therapy can heal. But drugs taken with a social movement can heal a nation.

Powers unpacks how the Drug War, racist policing, mass incarceration, and community gatekeeping intersect to sideline POC--and specifically Black people--from the psychedelic movement. He moves past "making space" for Black psychedelia to assert instead the need for a full-stop reclamation and revolution: one that eschews psychedelic exceptionalism, breaks down raced and classed constructs of "good" vs. "bad" drugs, realizes true, full-scale healing, and lives into a free, strong, and independent Blackness. With an Afrofuturist lens, Black Psychedelic Revolution takes utopian politics seriously, re-centering social justice around ownership of historical trauma and giving People of Color the authority to define a new humanism.


Nicholas Powers is an Associate Professor of English at SUNY Old Westbury. Powers has presented talks and reports from the Psychedelic Renaissance since 2017. He has written for numerous psychedelic publications from Lucid News to Double Blind. Alongside published articles, he has given talks at Naropa University and Chacruna. Powers has published three books with Upset Press. The first is a book of poetry, the second a mix of reportage from disaster zones, protests, and Burning Man. The third is a political vampire novel. He regularly attends Wild Seeds Writers Retreat and Cave Canem Black poetry workshops. Powers lives in Brooklyn with his son.


  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publish Date: January 21, 2025
  • Pages: 272
  • Dimensions: 0.0 X 0.0 X 0.0 inches | 0.81 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Paperback
  • EAN/UPC: 9798889840626
  • BISAC Categories: Entheogens & Visionary Substances, Ethnic Studies - African American Studies, Activism & Social Justice


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