"[Sun] Ra's interest in science fiction was also linked to his belief that African Americans, because they had been virtually written out of history, should be prepared to write themselves into the future. He thus stressed the importance of becoming proficient in a range of new technologies so that African Americans could play a part in engineering their own futures, rather than letting whites construct them."
Jamie Sexton, "A Cult Film By Proxy: Space is the Place and the Sun Ra Mythos", New Review of Film & Television Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3, December 2006, page 200.