November 30, 2022

‘Focus: Black Oklahoma’: Tulsa Race massacre survivor trial, Oklahoma political candidates, protecting prairie chickens

After numerous attempts by survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre to get a trial, a judge issued an unprecedented ruling on May 2 that gives hope to those fighting to repair and restore Greenwood. Carlos Moreno has more.

Next, Jamie Glisson has the first in a series exploring political candidates across the state. She talks to incumbent Congressman Frank Lucas from Congressional District 3 and some new challengers for that seat.

Negative childhood experiences are responsible for the trauma of millions of children across the state. One organization believes a mentor can counteract this trauma with an activity as simple as bowling. Dawn Carter shares more information about the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Bowling for Kids Sake event.

Brandy Colbert’s book blackbirds in the sky was written for young adults, but doesn’t shy away from tackling the difficult subject of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Our teen correspondent Adrienne Brown has details on what her upbringing failed to achieve and why speaking out in our classrooms matters.

Preserving the Prairie system is not a simple task. And now, at the heart of conservation and culture is the prairie chicken. While perhaps not as familiar as bald eagles, Britny Cordera knows more about what makes prairie chickens so iconic and in need of protection.

Finally, Chaz Stephens will connect the dots from Dragonball Z to NERD by exploring how black nerds are gaining visibility and acceptance in mainstream culture.

Focus: Black Oklahoma is produced in partnership with KOSU Radio, Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Tri-City Collective. Additional support is provided by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies.

Our theme music is from Moffett Music.

Focus: The executive producers of Black Oklahoma are Quraysh Ali Lansana and Bracken Klar. Our producers are Nick Alexandrov and Vanessa Gaona. Our production interns Torren Doss and Smriti Iyengar.