With the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, OETA Oklahoma Forum host Dick Pryor sat down with leaders from the African American community to discuss the event and the impact on today’s race relations.
SPONSORS: 100 Black Men of Tulsa; Women With The 100; Oklahoma Representative Kevin Matthews; Oklahoma Senator Jabar Shumate; Oklahoma Representative Seneca Scott; and Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson
DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2013, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
LOCATION: John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park
Tulsa, Oklahoma—Oklahoma Representative Kevin Matthews, Oklahoma Senator Jabar Shumate, Oklahoma Representative Seneca Scott, and Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson, along with the 100 Black Men of Tulsa and the Women With The 100, will host a community walk through the historic Greenwood District on Saturday, September 21st. The event promotes cultural awareness, literacy, health/wellness, and entrepreneurship. Beginning at John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park at 9:30 a.m., the event opening features special remarks by Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan and the leadership of the Tulsa Police Department Black Officers Coalition.
The walk will proceed from John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park through the Greenwood District to the Greenwood Cultural Center, where community volunteers will serve as special guest readers for children six years old and younger. The walk will continue north past OSU-Tulsa and Langston-Tulsa. Participants will continue down the running trail on Greenwood to Pine Street. As participants walk back to B.S. Roberts Park, swing dance demonstrations and announcements on healthcare initiatives will be highlighted.
This event is free and open to the public. Contributions and donations are encouraged, and will be used to promote the work of 100 Black Men of Tulsa. Tax-deductible gifts will help fund the 2014 Summer Entrepreneurship Program, an internship and mentoring initiative that achieved astounding success in 2013. Gifts should be made to:
100 Black Men of Tulsa, Inc.
ATTN: Entrepreneur Shadow Program
P.O. Box 2735
Tulsa, OK 74101
2013 Race Against Racism
April 15th, 2013 -
Don’t miss this event sponsored by our friends and partners at the Tulsa YWCA!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
9:00am: 1 Mile Justice Walk/Fun Run
9:30am: Chip-timed 5K
Race starts between ONEOK Field and the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park Click here for more information
Exhibition: Sight Unseen
February 21st, 2013 -
Artist in Residence Eyakem Gulilat
Curated by Tumelo Mosaka
February 22 – May 19
The Hardesty Arts Center [AHHA] will debut its inaugural Artist In Residence art exhibition on February 22, 2013. Site Unseen will feature artist Eyakem Gulilat’s photographs focused on the history of the Greenwood District. Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, the exhibition is a study of the landscape in northern Tulsa and it’s century-old artifacts related to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. Read the rest of this entry »
Job Announcement: Director
January 23rd, 2013 -
The John Hope Franklin Board of Directors is seeking a director. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by February 28th to:
John Hope Franklin Center of Reconciliation, Inc. Attention: Human Resources Department
121 North Greenwood Avenue, Suite A Tulsa, OK 74120
Or by email at email@example.com
While honoring the past, the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation [JHFCR] is writing a new story – a narrative of cooperation and trust. The Center’s mission is to transform society’s divisions into social harmony through the serious study and work of reconciliation. Through education, scholarship, and community outreach, the Center has positioned itself at the forefront of a national dialogue on reconciliation – finding new ways for Americans to live together well.
The Center is seeking its first Director. The successful candidate must possess a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity; be an exceptional communicator; serve as an effective and approachable “face” of the organization; and work tirelessly to create, sustain, and strengthen community alliances. S/he will implement the strategic planning and the Center’s fundraising efforts. Experience managing staff (paid and volunteer) is essential as is the ability to manage conflict constructively. Reports directly to the JHFCR Executive Committee. Read the rest of this entry »
Tulsa World: Students win award for Tulsa Race Riots project
January 6th, 2013 -
BY KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer
Monday, December 24, 2012
12/24/2012 7:54:12 AM
BROKEN ARROW – Two Sequoyah Middle School eighth-graders won a national history award for their project about a major event that doesn’t even appear in many history books.
Josh Gallegor, 14, and Preston Myer, 13, won the Oklahoma Outstanding Achievement award for their seventh-grade history project and placed 10th in the nation – among seventh-graders to 12th-graders – in the National History Day competition.
“We were searching for things that were close to Oklahoma and weren’t well-known,” Myer said.
The pair discovered a pivotal event in Tulsa and American history they had never heard about – the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. Read the rest of this entry »
Tulsa World: Grandson of Gandhi to speak at John Hope Franklin symposium
May 27th, 2012 -
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Sunday, May 27, 2012
With his name and family line, Rajmohan Gandhi’s direction in life should not be surprising.
Gandhi was 12 years old when his grandfather Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated because of his efforts to quell the religious, ethnic and political turmoil surrounding India’s independence and its partition from Pakistan.
Rajmohan says the elder Gandhi’s devotion to overcoming divisions and the manner of his death had a tremendous influence on him.
“I have to say it did because he had this clear vision,” said Rajmohan Gandhi, keynote speaker for this year’s John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation symposium Wednesday through Friday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
“He definitely had an impact on me and my goals in life,” Gandhi said. “I saw a great deal of him from the time I was about 10 until I was 12, when he was in the last stages of life.
“The fact he was killed because of his belief in reconciliation left its mark on me.”
After a brief political career, Rajmohan Gandhi has devoted the last 40 years of his life to understanding conflict and working for reconciliation. Now 76, he is a research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois and academic director of an international program called Global Crossroads.
He has written several books, including a biography of his grandfather and, most recently, a comparative study of the 1857 India Revolt and the American Civil War.
Americans might not think the United States and India have much in common, but, as Gandhi points out, they share several links. Both won independence from Britain, both are large democracies with diverse populations and both are governed under a federal system with relatively strong state governments.
Although Gandhi has taught at the University of Illinois since 1997, he remains active in resolving the regional, religious and cultural conflicts that continue to roil India and complicate its relations with neighboring Pakistan.
Gandhi will bring those experiences to his John Hope Franklin address Thursday evening. His talk, he said, will cover the tension between efforts for reconciliation and struggles for justice, the connection between reconciliation in America and reconciliation in the world as a whole and varying articulations of the American Dream.
John Hope Franklin Center Symposium
The symposium begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday with a bus tour of the Greenwood area and concludes with a panel discussion Friday. Most of the events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa.
Featured speakers include former Tulsa mayors Susan Savage and Kathy Taylor, former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, Oklahoma author and historian Davis Joyce, Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb.
Rajmohan Gandhi will give the keynote speech, which is free and open to the public, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cost of the symposium is $225 or $100 for students, with day rates available.
A historian, a minister and the oldest riot survivor has passed away. Otis Clark spent his last years, preaching and sharing his memories of the 19-21 Tulsa Race Riot.
Channel 8′s Kim Jackson shares her memories of him, from the John Hope Franklin Park.
Tulsans remember the riot and the peace that Tulsa struggles to find. It’s a story that Otis Clark told over and over again.
I first met Mr Clark 13-years ago,when he was just 96. Arm in arm, we walked as he told me what happened that night in 1921—as he took cover in Jackson’s Funeral Home.
“We were trying to get an ambulance out of the back of the Jackson funeral home and a man shot over there, while the boy was trying to unlock the door to get the ambulance out. Bullets hit him in the hand and blood jumped out and he dropped the keys and I’m standing right behind him,” Clark told a dramatic story, always.
But the story of the race riot was kept a secret for decades. Survivors finally opened up to historian, Eddie Faye Gates.
“He just was so grateful that finally someone is listening. He said nobody ever listened until you started doing it,’ she recalled.
Gates interviewed countless survivors, told their stories and fought for reparations.
Mr. Clarke told me about the fires, the deaths–even his stepfather.
“They just got killed in the deal that is all. We didn’t see them no more. Nobody had a funeral nothing. We just didn’t see those folks no more.”
Mr. Clark never said no to an interview and never showed up without wearing his hat or suit.
He talked about sad times and the fun times on Greenwood.
“Fun, sodas, soda water, whiskey. We had a big time on that corner there,” he laughed one day.
He had a big life, 109 years. He went to Congress, he traveled the world. He was a friend to many. And I for one won’t ever never forget the precious talks and walks with Mr. Clark.
Otis Clark may be gone, but his and the stories of others live on at John Hope Franklin Park of Reconciliation.
His local services will be held Thursday, at Greenwood Christian Center at 11 a.m.
Recent racially motivated shootings in Tulsa—in which two white men killed three blacks and injured two others early in the morning on April 6—have called national attention to the city’s racial past. Specifically, the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 has been singled out as a source of continued segregation and occasional tension.
But while the shootings have made the city’s strained race relations timely news, they weren’t the cause of the tension—rather, the result of it—and many believe they won’t be the end of it, either. Read the rest of this entry »