“The very essence of the life of the mind is the freedom to inquire, to examine, and to criticize.”

John Hope Franklin


To increase public knowledge and understanding of the history that creates social division through…

  • public programs
  • interactive exhibits
  • student tours and teacher summits
  • curriculum development


Dinner of Reconciliation

On November 18, 2011, the Tulsa community came together for an evening of education and reconciliation.

john a. powell, Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at Moritz College of Law delivered the keynote address:

Exploring the Unconscious: The Dynamics of Race and Reconciliation

Click to download Dr. powell’s lecture slides


Published a facsimile reproduction of Events of the Tulsa Disaster, by Mary Jones Parrish. Mrs. Parrish, a 28-year-old reporter, kept an eye witness journal of the 1921 Race Riot and then interviewed other victims. This small booklet is a primary source for studying both the horrific events and the resilience of African Americans when faced with the destruction of the Greenwood community. Copies have been donated to the Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Public Schools. The project received generous support from the Zarrow Family Foundations and the University of Tulsa McFarlin Library.

Upcoming Events

National Symposium
May 29-31, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Click here to read the Call for Papers