Editor: Jamila Zahra Felton Editor: Jess Solomon Art Director, Designer, Editor: Hadiya Williams Contributors: Yodith Dammlash, Margaux Delotte-Bennett, LeConté Dill, Jamila Zahra Felton, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Javetta Laster, Tsedaye Makonnen, Maneo Mohale, Barbara L. W. Myers, Cantrice Janelle Penn, Ada Pinkston, Jess Solomon, Christina Springer, Sarah T., Tamara Wellons, Hadiya Williams July 2016 15 pages, hand-stitched with waxed linen thread
"Sally Hemings Dreams" explores the conscious and unconscious thoughts of women of African descent who experienced slavery in the Americas. Sarah "Sally" Hemings (1773-1835) was a slave owned by President Thomas Jefferson, who most believe to have fathered six of her children. Through poetry, photography, and art, the contributors respond to/reflect on the interior lives of Black women and the connections between past and future selves. The poems are powerful and the art is given equal footing—not just there to illustrate the text but to speak on its own terms. The zine is beautifully designed (layout, typography, etc), with full-color images. Two pages are set in white type on a black background—something I haven't seen in a lot of other zines but is very striking. All proceeds from the sale of the zine go to Thrive DC’s Women in New Directions Program (WIND), designed to assist women who have been recently incarcerated and/or released from jail or prison.