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The Tulsa Race Massacre & Historical Erasure

May 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tulsa, Oklahoma was once regarded as an important site for Black opportunity and wealth creation as the location of ‘Black Wall Street’ and Black-owned businesses. The 1921 Tulsa race massacre destroyed this part of the city as more than 3,000 Black residents fled the violence and terrorization of their community. Restitution never came. Instead, this community was silenced and their memory threatened by efforts to hide and deny their existence. Award-winning historian Scott Ellsworth, author of The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice, will discuss the significance of the Tulsa race massacre and the efforts to suppress this history on Thursday, May 12th, from 4-6pm in the McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020.

In preparation for Scott Ellsworth’s talk, the Blum Center is pleased to host a Pop-Up discussion this evening from 5-6pm in Girvetz Hall 2320. We invite you to join us for a discussion about the importance of enduring questions of Black economic progress and justice, historical memory, suppression, and erasure. This discussion will be moderated by Blum Center assistants Bryan Zuniga and Tiersha Lin.

Pizza and beverages will be provided.

After registering you will receive a PDF of a book chapter from The Ground Breaking that will be part of our discussion. Please email Kashia Arnold at [email protected] with any questions.

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