TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever Resources

In under two hours, TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever explores a dizzying amount of American history and intersections between race, gender, class, and sexuality. While we at SpeakEasy pride ourselves on our productions sparking conversations, theatre can only be the beginning. Here are some additional resources for bringing the conversation of TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever further into your life. 


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  • On Our Founding Fathers and The Legacy of American Slavery

    Danielle, Britni. “Sally Hemings wasn’t Thomas Jefferson’s mistress. She was his property. The Washington Post, 7 Jul. 2017.

    Hannah-Jones, Nikole. “Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true. The New York Times, 14 Aug. 2019.

    Jones, Ashley M. “What It Means To Say Sally Hemings.  Magic City Gospel, Hub City Press, 2017.

    Karp, Matt. “What They Didn’t Teach You About the Civil War. Gravel Institute, 15 Oct. 2020.

    Loewen, James W. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. New Press, 2018.

    Romano, Renee C., et al. Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging
    America’s Past.
    Rutgers University Press, 2018.

    Shuster, Kate. “Teaching Hard History. Southern Poverty Law Center, 31 Jan. 2018.

    Washington, Harriet A. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. Anchor Books, 2008.

    Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States. Harper Perennial, 1980.

  • On The Intersection of Race and Gender

    Cherry, Myisha. “Black Feminism Is For Everybody.” Womankind Magazine, 6 Jun. 2020.

    Collins, Patricia Hill. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of
    Empowerment
    . Routledge, 2008.

    Combahee River Collective. “The Combahee River Collective Statement.” 1997.

    Forestiere, Annamarie. “America’s War on Black Trans Women.Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, 23 Sep. 2020.

    hooks, bell. Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism. South End Press, 1981.

    McMillan Cottom, Tressie. Thick: And Other Essays. The New Press, 2019.

    Paz, Isabella Grullón and Maggie Astor. “Black Trans Women Seek More Space in the Movement They Helped Start.The New York Times, 28 Jun. 2020.

    Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. “Until Black Women Are Free, None of Us Will Be Free.The New Yorker, 20 Jul. 2020.

  • On White Privilege

    Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Racism without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States. Beacon Press, 2018.

    Fleming, Crystal Marie. How to Be Less Stupid about Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide. Beacon Press, 2019.

    León, Felice. “How White Privilege Works.The Root, 15 Aug. 2018.

    Oluo, Ijeoma. So You Want To Talk About Race. Seal Press, 2019.

    Ramsey, Franchesca. “Why Does Privilege Make People So Angry?MTV Decoded, 13 Jan. 2016.

  • On Race in Academia and Higher Education

    Arday, Jason et al. Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

    Dizikes, Peter. “Straight talk about race in academia.MIT News, 8 Dec. 2020.

    McCluney, Courtney L., et al. “The Costs of Code-Switching.Harvard Business Review, 15 Nov. 2019.

    Montañez, Amanda. “This Is What the Race Gap in Academia Looks Like.Scientific American,
    19 Feb. 2018.

    Morris, Monique W. Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. New Press, 2018.

    Simien, Justin, director. Dear White People. Lionsgate, 2014. 

    Tatum, Beverly Daniel. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Hachette Book Group, 2017.

  • On Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)

    The Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute. “HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive
    Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
    UNCF, 14 Nov. 2017.

    Harris, Adam. “Why America Needs Its HBCUs.” The Atlantic, 16 May 2019.

    Kendi, Ibram X. “Flawed Attacks on the HBCU Idea.Diverse: Issues In Higher Ed, 18 Oct. 2010.

    Legacy History Pride. “HBCU Marching Bands.

    Lovett, Bobby L. America’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities: A Narrative History, 1837-2009. Mercer University Press, 2009.

  • Local & National Resources

    BLACK LIVES MATTER BOSTON
    Website: www.BlackLivesMatterBoston.org

    BOSTON EDUCATION JUSTICE ASSOCIATION
    Phone: Text BEJA to 69238
    Website: www.BostonEdJustice.org

    CITY LIFE/VIDA URBANA
    Address: 284 Amory Street, First Floor, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    Phone: (617) 934-5006
    Website: www.clvu.org

    COMMUNITY CHANGE, INC.
    Address: 2 Oliver St Suite 802, Boston, MA 02109
    Phone: (617) 523-0555
    Website: www.CommunityChangeInc.org

    FACING HISTORY
    Address: 16 Hurd Road, Brookline, MA 02445
    Phone: (617) 232-1595
    Website: www.FacingHistory.org

    THE FRONT PORCH ARTS COLLECTIVE
    Website: www.FrontPorchArts.org

    MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR BIPOC
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Address: 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114
    Phone: (617) 726-2000
    Website: www.MassGeneral.org 

    THE POSSE FOUNDATION
    Address: 45 Franklin St # 3, Boston, MA 02110
    Phone: (617) 523-4478
    Website: www.PosseFoundation.org/sites/boston

    RACIAL JUSTICE & HEALTH EQUITY
    Boston Public Health Commission
    Address: 1010 Massachusetts Ave, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02118
    Phone: (617) 534-5395
    Website: www.bphc.org

    SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE (SURJ) BOSTON
    Website: www.SURJBoston.org

    VIOLENCE IN BOSTON, INC.
    Phone: (617) 652-0151
    Website: www.ViolenceInBoston.org