Tulsa City and County Library commemorates the centenary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre with specialized events
To commemorate the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Tulsa City and County Library (TCCL) holds author events, panel discussions, curated exhibit titled “TCCL Remembers – Commemorating Tulsa’s Race Massacre with Education , Empathy and Healing ”, and more leading up to the Centenary of the Tulsa Race Massacre in May. Starting in February, a variety of virtual programs are planned to educate and promote healing and empathy by increasing historical and political awareness of Tulsa’s history. Members of the local and national community will be invited to participate in these virtual programs.
The purpose of these events is to promote education on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by making materials and resources accessible to children and adults in Tulsa County and beyond, to develop empathy by compelling the public to reflect on the human cost of institutionalized racism and to promote healing by sharing the stories of survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre with a mainstream audience. The TCCL Remembers exhibit, which will open in April and be hosted at the Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford, will provide attendees with a unique and immersive way to learn more about this tragic historic event as well as the race and the political conditions that preceded and followed the Tulsa race massacre itself.
TCCL’s African-American Resource Center has specialized collections of material on the massacre of the race, from first-hand accounts to primary newspaper clippings and original photographs, which will be used in many programs as well as in the exhibit. . Other resources owned by TCCL, including databases and collection items, will help make these events accessible to a wide and diverse audience.
Free virtual events include, but are not limited to:
Community Reading Event: “Black Wall Street 100: Live Interview with Author Hannibal B. Johnson” Tuesday February 16 at 6 p.m. on Zoom.
Expert and specialist in the history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, author Hannibal B. Johnson will discuss his latest book, “Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma”, followed by a question-and-answer session. Almost 100 years later, Johnson addresses the psychological and historical trauma left by the devastation of the massacre and the resilience of the extraordinary entrepreneurs of the 1920s and those carrying on the legacy today. “Black Wall Street 100” is endorsed by the Tulsa Running Massacre Centennial Commission and the Commission for 400 Years of African American History. Register online at www.tulsalibrary.org/events or email [email protected] to receive a Zoom invitation for this event.
“Historic trauma of 1921: business continues as usual ” Thursday February 18 at 6 p.m.
Presented by Anthony “Tony B” Brinkley, this presentation commemorates the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre through the arts, as it features an array of talented local artists including singers, poets, dancers, actors and oral creation artists. In honor of Tulsa’s Greenwood District, the performance addresses the question of historical trauma and its lasting impact on the African American community, while focusing on the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 as an introspective centerpiece. Visit www.youtube.com/tulsalibrary or email [email protected] to receive a Zoom invitation for this event.
“Bowl of African-American Heritage” Monday February 25, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This year’s bowl is virtual and will take place via Zoom and Kahoot! It is open to all middle and high school students and community groups interested in learning more about the horrific events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Each team can have four members. Each high school and college can only register one team per school. To participate in the bowl, register online at www.tulsalibrary.org/aarc. A maximum of six copies of the quiz book will be available for pickup at any regional TCCL library for registered school and community groups. To watch the bowl, register online at www.tulsalibrary.org/events to receive a Zoom invitation for this event.
Community reading event: “An evening with Mira Jacob” Thursday March 18, 6 p.m. on Zoom.
Join author Mira Jacob as she discusses her book “Good Talk”, which has been described as “a bold, ironic and intimate graphic memoir on American identity, interracial families and the realities that divide us.” “Good Talk” examines the conversations we have about race, sexuality and love with insight, humor and heart. A question-and-answer session will follow his presentation. Register online at www.tulsalibrary.org/events or email [email protected] to receive a Zoom invitation for this event.
“Unite Tulsa: empathy, education and healing” Thursday April 8, 7 p.m. on Zoom.
We will commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre by igniting a conversation about race relations in Oklahoma, with a particular focus on the themes of empathy, education and healing. Join Unite Tulsa for this forum for residents of Tulsa County to share the ways they are working to make our community a better and more inclusive place to live. Selected speakers will have five minutes to speak on their topic of choice using 20 slides set to automatically advance every 15 seconds. Register online at www.tulsalibrary.org/events or email [email protected] to receive a Zoom invitation for this event.
Community Reading Event: “Chat by the Fireside with Author Robin DiAngelo” Thursday April 22, 6 p.m. on Zoom.
New York Times bestselling author Robin DiAngelo joins us to discuss his book “White Fragility: Why It’s Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”. Described by author Michael Eric Dyson as a “vital, necessary and beautiful book,” “White Fragility” has played a key role in the growing movement against racism. DiAngelo examines how white fragility reinforces racist structures and works to equip readers with strategies to engage in constructive interracial dialogue. A Q&A will follow. Register online at www.tulsalibrary.org/events or email [email protected] to receive a Zoom invitation for this event.
“Meet Author Jason Reynolds: Tulsa Library Trust’s 2021 Anne V. Zarrow Award Winner for Literature for Young Readers” Thursday May 6 at 7 p.m.
Jason Reynolds is the New York Times bestselling author of “All American Boys” and other books for young adults and intermediate audiences. “As a black man and a white man, both writers and educators, we have come together to co-write a book on how systemic racism and police brutality affects the lives of young people in America, to create an important, unique and honest job that would give young people and the people who educate them a tool to have these difficult but absolutely vital conversations, ”Reynolds said of his book“ All American Boys, ”which he co-co-wrote. written with Brendan Kiely. Reynolds will receive the Zarrow Prize and talk about his life and works. The Zarrow Prize is awarded annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. Its purpose is to officially recognize, on behalf of the Tulsa County community, nationally renowned authors who have made significant contributions to the field of children’s and young adult literature. www.tulsalibrary.org/zarrowaward for more details.
Community reading event: “Friendship mattered then!” Friendship counts now! Presented by Clifton L. Taulbert ” Tuesday May 11 at 6 p.m. on Zoom.
For 36 hours in 1921, friendship was lost. Great harm has been done to people and property. Black Wall Street has disappeared in clouds of smoke. The dreams were shattered and some forever. According to Clifton L. Taulbert, the embrace of true friendship cannot restore the lost past, but it can ensure a different future… a future where 1921 will not be repeated and where everything will be respected, affirmed and included. “In the last few months of this year, the history of Tulsa 1921 has been revisited as dozens of people… writers, young people, dancers, lawyers, films, books, students and librarians all lending their voices as stories to teach and lessons. to learn. We are all in search of that more perfect union – a way of living together that requires friendship. We must not let friendship go to waste, ”said Taulbert, author of“ Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Communities ”. Join Taulbert for this insightful presentation to commemorate the centenary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Register online at www.tulsalibrary.org/events or email [email protected] to receive a Zoom invitation for this event.
TCCL is a proud recipient of the 1921 Tulsa Running Massacre Centennial Commission Grants Program. All grants were made possible through the generosity of WPX Energy.
For more information on these programs, call the AskUs helpline, 918-549-7323, or visit the library’s website, www.tulsalibrary.org.