Writing About Greenwood | Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Online via Zoom
Writing About Greenwood with Quraysh Ali Lansana
This course examines the history of Tulsa’s Greenwood District from it’s pre-statehood beginnings to its many renaissances, including the present day. Coined “Black Wall Street” by educator and historian Booker T. Washington, Greenwood was the most economically vibrant Black community in the United States for years, in spite of Oklahoma’s brutal segregation laws. Though that entrenched racial divide continues to exist, Black Wall Street is thriving once again.
Guest lecturers from Black community leaders and field trips to significant landmarks will reinforce classroom learning. The course will culminate with community based projects that explore Greenwood then and now. There were many significant factors that contributed to both its rise and destruction.
About the instructor:
Lansana is co-executive producer of Public Radio Tulsa’s Focus: Black Oklahoma. A former faculty member of both the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University and was an Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing from 2002-2014.
His work Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community was published in March 2011 by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative and was a 2012 NAACP Image Award nominee. His most recent books include the skin of dreams: new and collected poems, 1995-2018, The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience & Change Agent (Haymarket Books, 2017) and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015). Lansana’s work appears in Best American Poetry 2019, and and his forthcoming titles include Those Who Stayed: Life in 1921 Tulsa After the Massacre and Opal’s Greenwood Oasis. He is a founding member of Tri-City Collective.
Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa
7:00pm to 9:00pm