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Educating for Justice workshop series offers context on history and impact of the Tulsa Race Massacre

Published: Monday, May 17, 2021

 

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa is launching a series of non-credit workshops beginning June 2 to educate on historical and modern issues connected to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and to inspire transformative justice.

The series is made up of three workshops led by expert OSU faculty and featuring renowned speakers and advocates. A 75 dollar enrollment price covers all three workshops in the series.

The first session, “Africans in the Americas: From Forced Migrations to the African Diaspora” is co-instructed by Dr. John Whittington Franklin, recipient of OSU-Tulsa’s first honorary doctorate of humane letters. He is a specialist in the history of communities of the African Diaspora and son of prominent historian John Hope Franklin. The session will map the forced journey of Black populations and explore the creation of the African diaspora with a focus on slavery and emancipation.

“All of these histories must be honored and known by all of us,” said Franklin in a recent address to OSU-Tulsa graduates. “You must also know each other’s histories to build a better Tulsa, a better Oklahoma, a better America.”

OSU associate professor and director of the OSU Center for Africana Studies Erica Townsend-Bell is also a co-instructor of this workshop. Her research includes intersectionality, comparative race and gender politics and social movements.

“The Educating for Justice Series joins ongoing conversations that help us to think through how past informs present, and how we may proactively shape the future,” Townsend-Bell said. “We understand this as part of the foundational work required for effecting real justice and engaging with our shared humanity.”

The second workshop “Greenwood: The Evolution and Re-Awakenings of Black Wall Street” examines the history and evolution of Tulsa’s Greenwood District. This session is led by Phil Armstrong, project director of The Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, and Quraysh Ali Lansana, acting director of the OSU Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation and professor of Africana Studies and English at OSU-Tulsa.

The final workshop in the series, “Business, Branding, and Bias” explores the role of bias in daily life, and how it can harm productivity and chip away at internal strengths. It is led by Nicole Morgan, CEO of Resolute PR and Aditi Grover, OSU Spears School of Business clinical assistant professor.

“This workshop series is an opportunity for the community to understand Tulsa's past, support the re-awakening of Black Wall Street and actively transform the way we do business as we look to Tulsa's future,” said Morgan. “Our session on Business, Branding and Bias will explore the biases we all possess, their infiltration into the advertising industry and how we can push for change as both consumers and business leaders.”

The Educating for Justice workshop series is part of OSU-Tulsa’s commitment to serving Tulsa communities through education. The workshops are events within OSU’s 100 Points of Truth and Transformation, which offers opportunities for students and the public to connect with the truth of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Those who want to enroll in the non-credit Educating for Justice workshop series can do so online, or find out more information about at bit.ly/educatingforjustice.

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Media Contact: Aaron Campbell | 918-594-8046 | aaron.ross.campbell@okstate.edu