We, at OpenStage Theatre & Company, are listening, learning and working to affect change. If you have suggestions and/or additions to the resources and information on this page please email [email protected]
OpenStage is outraged by the acts of violence being perpetrated against Black citizens and individuals of color in this country. We are heartbroken by the inexcusable murder of Black men and women by police and by the continuing racial injustice in our economic, judicial, and health care systems. The events playing out on streets across our nation are the inevitable response and result of a long history of systemic and institutional racism.
OpenStage Theatre & Company was founded nearly 50 years ago with the mission of opening hearts and minds. We are committed to listening, learning, and acting in support of our Black, Indigenous and People of Color in our company, community, and country. We stand in solidarity with all who work to bring a societal revolution to our country and fight racism wherever it exists. By adding our voice to the chorus, we fervently affirm that Black Lives Matter and demand justice.
We know that this statement is not enough. Words must be partnered with action. We are committed to being an active partner and ally in this country’s fight for equality. We challenge the individuals and institutions that allow hate and injustice to continue.
There is no place for hate in our art, our company, our community, or our nation.
- OpenStage Theatre & Company
June 3, 2020
- Black Lives Matter – Denver Chapter
- The Center for Racial Justice in Education – Educational resources and information for getting involved in the fight for equality
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Sarafina Nance – A comprehensive anti-racism resource of ways to donate Black Lives Matter, petitions to sign, projects to get involved in, and conversation starters.
- 75 things white people can do for social justice – Put together by Medium
CSU's Black/African American Cultural Center has a comprehensive list of all black-owned business and services in Fort Collins. View it here!
Aziza Barnes – BLKS
Staceyann Chin – Hands Afire, Unspeakable Things, Border/Clash, MotherStruck!
Jordan E. Cooper – Ain't No Mo
Harrison David Rivers – When Last We Flew, Sweet, And She Would Stand Like This, Where the Storms Are Born, A Crack in the Sky, Five Points, This Bitter Earth, To Let Go and Fall, Broadbend, Arkansas
Erika Dickerson-Despenza – cullud wattah, ocean's lip/ heaven's shore, took/ tied hung/split, shadow/land, [hieroglyph]
Jeremy O. Harris – Slave Play, "Daddy", Black Exhibition, Xander Xyst, Dragon:1
Rodney Hicks – Just Press Save, Flame Broiled, Ms. Pearl's Cabaret
Michael R. Jackson – A Strange Loop, White Girl in Danger, The Kids on the Lawn, Only Children
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins – Neighbors, War, Appropriate, An Octoroon, Gloria, Everybody, Girls
C.A. Johnson – All the Natalie Portmans, Thirst, The Climb, An American Feast, I Know I Know I Know
Donnetta Lavinia Grays – Warriors Don't Cry, Last Night and the Night Before, Laid to Rest, The Review of How to Eat Your Opposition, The New Normal, The Cowboy is Dying
Carmen LoBue – Will You... Hold My Hair Back
Patricia lone Lloyd – Eve's Song, Black Tale, The Trains Is Bound for Glory, Dirty Little Black Girls., The Re-occuring Resurrection of Sweet Leticia Jesus Brown, Household Magic
Donja R. Love – one in two, Sugar in Our Wounds, Fireflies, In the Middle
Griffin Matthews – Witness Uganda, The Family Project
Tarell Alvin McCraney – Ms. Blakk for President, Head of Passes, Choir Boy, American Trade, Wig Out!, The Brothers/Sisters Trilogy: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet
Antoinette Nwandu – Pass Over, Breach
Robert O'Hara – Bootycandy, Mankind, Insurrection: Holding History, Zombie: The American, Barbecue, Antebellum, An American Ma(u)l
Azure D. Osborne-Lee – Mirrors, Crooked Parts, Glass, The Beasts of Warren, Appetite, The Crocus Eaters
Jackie Sibblies Drury - Fairview, Social Creatures
Korde Arrington Tuttle – graveyard shift, Tripych (Eyes of One on Another), clarity
Books/Lists for Adults
- "A reading list to understand police brutality in America" – Great resource and list of books compiled by Vox!
- The Center for Racial Justice in Education – Anti-racism articles for teachers, booklist for adults
- The Oakland Library – Black Lives Matter resource section listing poems, books, articles and other resources for adults and kids
- Shareable Anti-racism Resource Guide – Lots of books for learning about race issues
Books/Lists for Children
- Books for Littles – Children's books featuring powerful black women in history, children's books by black authors
- Denver library – For younger kids, for older kids – printable lists of children's books on race
- Diverse Book Finder – A search tool to find books with characters of all ethnicities and races
- Here Wee Read – Hundreds of diverse books for kids
- 50 Books About Race for Kids & Young Adults – Must-reads for all ages
Embrace Race – Articles, interviews, and webinars
Kidmap – Weekly newsletters on Sunday discussing the latest in diversity in children's media
Racism No Way – Anti-racism activities and lesson plans
Raising Race Conscious Children – Resource for adults wanting to talk to children about race.
Safe Schools – Provides diversity lesson plans, materials, book lists, etc. to help kids feel safe at school
Teaching Tolerance – Articles, interviews, podcasts, and more
Tips for Talking with Kids About Race – Printable PDF from Denver Library
What to Say to Kids When the News Is Scary – Tips from NPR for explaining tough topics
Your Children Aren't Too Young to Learn About Race – A guide provided by Pretty Good
Zinn Education Project – Teaching resources on racism, Black history, and a wide range of social justice issues
100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say To Your Child To Advance Racial Justice – List of talking points
Anti-Racism Resources for White People – Books, podcasts, articles, and more
Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others – How one can be an ally and an advocate for change, as well as how people experiencing discrimination can build resilience against these types of behaviors
Everyday Feminism – A list of resources for white people to learn about racism
Fractured Atlas – Tools and tips for talking about race to other adults
Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community – Informational guide
The [email protected] Diversity Toolkit – A guide to discussing identity, power, and privilege
NPR – Antiracism books, movies, and more
Public Health Resources for Understanding Environmental Racism – Information on how to better address environmental racism in your community
Racial Equality Tools – Resources, education, and a Facebook page to connect with others fighting racism
The Smithsonian – Breaks into sections for teachers, parents, and those dedicated to equality
White Awake – Journal assignments, reflections, study groups, etc. designed to help White people see their biases and work to change them
- Diversity Sauce – Inclusion, diversity, and equality in all children’s media.
- Integrated Schools – All issues related to race, including “raising white kids in a racially unjust America.”
- The Daily – 20-minute update Monday-Friday from the New York Times on the latest in Black Lives Matter.
- Code Switch – Blunt conversations about race.
- Teaching Tolerance – A variety of podcasts on diversity and equality.
- Still Processing – How current events impact the Black community.
- Raising Free People – Weekly podcast devoted to the lives and challenges of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).
- Pod Save the People – Interviews important players on race, culture, and social justice issues.