Step into the virtual Afrofuturistic world created by Gabe Gault, and you’ll see his rendering of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. looming large over a sunset-lit scene from 1960s Memphis. This immersive experience features transformative Black figures set in a vivid environment that brings Black history alive.
Gault — the Metaverse Culture Series’ first Artist and VR Creator in Residence — built “I Am A Man,” an artistic interpretation that pays homage to Dr. King, Rosa Parks, the Tuskegee Airmen and more. People 18+ in the US and Canada can explore this VR experience in Horizon Worlds from February 22-28, between 8AM and 10PM PT.
To launch the Metaverse Culture Series, Meta brought together Gault and other prominent Black creators and media in Horizon Workrooms. This discussion, “Black Future,” explored how the metaverse can become a space for Black culture and creativity to thrive, and included:
- Ime Archibong, Head of New Product Experimentation at Meta
- Jay Ellis, Actor (HBO’s Insecure)
- Gabe Gault, Artist & VR Creator, Muralist & 3D Sculptor
- Danielle Young, Journalist & We the Culture Creator (Moderator)
- Paris McCoy, Director of Photography, Creative Producer & Immersive Technologist
- Rashaad Lambert, ESVP of Culture & Community at Forbes
- Philip Lewis, Senior Front Page Editor at HuffPost
- Vivian Ewalefo Johnson, Head of Cultural Moments & Product Equity Communications at Meta