Timeline of Accomplishments

June 2008 – March 2010

June 2008

Funding raised to bid construction of John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park

November 2008

Groundbreaking for Reconciliation Park, with Dr. John Hope Franklin attending. It was his final public appearance. Celebration held at Greenwood Cultural Center.

January 2009

Park construction begins

Spring 2009

  • Planning begins for documentary study – “The Power of Memory: Tulsa, Greenwood, and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot”
  • Begin partnership with the Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations at the University of Oklahoma to create a survey of attitudes in Tulsa about race and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.

Summer 2009

  • Held meetings with Superintendent Keith Ballard of Tulsa Public Schools and other administrators about expanding coverage of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot in school curriculum.
  • Formed Scholar Advisory Committee to begin planning for national symposium, “Reconciliation in America: Moving Beyond Racial Violence” scheduled for June 2-4, 2010.

October 2009

  • Sponsored the first Communitywide Meeting on Assessing Race Relations in Tulsa in conjunction with the OU Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations.
  • Held the inaugural Dinner of Reconciliation featuring Dr. Scott Ellsworth as speaker and presentation of Hope Awards to three Mayors of Tulsa. This historic event at Greenwood Cultural Center was attended by approximately 600 people representing the Tulsa’s diverse population.
  • Publication of facsimile copies of Events of the Tulsa Disaster by Mary E. Jones Parrish, an eye-witness account of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. The Center will donate 250 copies to Tulsa Public Schools, the Tulsa City-County Library, Tulsa Community College, and The University of Tulsa McFarlane Library.

Winter/Spring 2009-2010

  • Park construction underway.
  • Interracial committee of scholars and community leaders complete work on text for storyboard panels to be installed in Reconciliation Park. Panel tell the story of African Americans in Oklahoma from 1540 to the present.
  • Essays gathering for tribute book, Remembering John Hope Franklin.

February 2010

First Documentary Study training session on collecting oral histories to prepare volunteers (adult and student interns) for interviews.

March 2010

Board delegation travels to Washington D.C. to brief Congressional leaders on the Center’s work and mission.

Upcoming Events

April 2010

Form Steering Committee on 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Curriculum Development for Tulsa Public Schools, with representatives of TPS, the Urban League, Tulsa City-County Library, the YWCA, Oklahoma State University Gear-up and Writers Projects, and Tulsa Community College.

May 2010

Construction and landscaping of Reconciliation Park scheduled to be completed.

June 2, 2010

Ribbon-cutting and formal opening of Reconciliation Park.

June 2-4, 2010

National Symposium – “Reconciliation in America: Moving Beyond Racial Violence” sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities Council through an NEH “We the People” challenge grant, the Organization of American Historians,  The University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust, local foundations and individuals. Scholars of racial violence and practitioners of community reconciliation will make presentations, plus a Town Hall session will be free and open to the public.