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Wednesday Evening, May 29, 2019 


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

National Symposium Registration 

Location:  Hyatt Regency

              100 E. 2nd St.

              Tulsa, OK  74103

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Symposium Opening Session

Location:  Greenwood Cultural Center

              322 N. Greenwood Ave.

              Tulsa, OK  74120

Remembrance through Arts

Local artists from varied groupsLocal students recognize the significance of reconciliation in creating a better future.

Keynote Speaker - Kenneth B. Morris - Great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington shares his story of civic engagement through the rich legacy of his family. 

Meet & Greet

Visit with Kenneth Morris.

Thursday Daytime, May 30, 2019


7:30 AM

8:00 AM 

9:00 AM 

10:00 AM 

11:00 AM 

12:00 PM 

2:00 PM 

3:00 PM 

Continental Breakfast

Symposium Session 1

1A - Respect & Reconciliation through Social Change (Curtis & Harmon)

2A - Youth as Catalysts for Community Impact (Lerner)

3A - The Effect of a Life Skills Curriculum on the Problem-Solving Abilities of Tribal Colleges (Randall)

4A - Journey to the Land of ‘Lucy’(Crawford)

Symposium Session 2

1B - Where Democracy Lives & Dies at Oklahoma State University (Colley, Laughlin, and Uscanga)

2B - Reconciliation through Critical Librarianship (Murray)

3B - Complicated Conversations (Watson & Tapp)

4B - No Justice, No Peace—No Empathy, No Justice (Hoyt)

5B - The Spirit of Service Learning (Patton)

6B - Christianity, Democracy & the Nations Story (Peluso-Verdend)

Symposium Session 3

1C - Langston Hughes Academy – Save our School Campaign (Adjei)

2C - Oklahoma’s First Soldiers for Equity (Harris)

3C - Reconciliation: Culturally Competent Mental Health Services (Richardson & Alvarado)

4C - Coordinating Dialogues to Address Racial Divides (Echols & Lassen)

5C - Using Children’s Literature to Disrupt the Single Story of the History Textbook (Martin-Young)

6C - The Police and You: Informed Response (Diamond)

Reconciliation Café

Download Guide to conducting a World Cafe conversation

Table conversations in groups of 4 or 5 to make connections of Symposium topics with real-world reconciliation approaches that can be applied personally and within organizations around the world.

Lunch Panel Discussion

National and local experts on civic engagment in the Oklahoma community focus on the Symposium theme, “Civic Engagment and Reconciliation: The Saving of Our Democracy,” providing perspective on how various organizations and individuals approach reconciliation through civic engagement as a democratic foundation.


Moderator for Discussion: Mayor G.T. Bynum

Panel Speakers Are:

  • Tulsa School Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist,

  • Booker T. Washington Principal Dr. Melissa Woolderidge,

  • Executive Director Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries Aliye  Shimi, and

  • Civil Rights Activist Ayanna Najuma


Plenary Session

Jakhil Naeem Jackson – Eleven-year-old social entrepreneur shares his story of civic engagement through “Blessing Bags” to assist the homeless and needy.

Symposium Session 4

1D - The Ohio Connection (North)

2D - The Freedmen of Indian Territory/Oklahoma (Graham)

3D - Protective Factors of Minority Civic Engagement (McGaha, Cassidy, and Saldivar-Hernandez)

4D - Developing Critical Consciousness in Students (Stubbs)

5D - How the Green Book Promoted Civil Discourse on the Road (McUsic)

Thursday Evening, May 30, 2019


5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Community Remembrance Walk

Emphasis: Community walks to reflect on the events in Greenwood that occurred on May 30 - June 1, 1921.


Starting Location: John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park (321 N Detroit Avenue)

   - Groundbreaking CeremonyReconciliation Pathway (322 N Greenwood Ave)

Ending Location: OSU-Tulsa Auditorium (700 N Greenwood Avenue)


Friday Daytime, May 31, 2019


10:00 AM 

9:00 AM 

8:00 AM 

7:45 AM 

11:00 AM 

2:40 PM 

7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

Informal Session:  "The Case for Reconciliation"

Symposium Session 5

1E - Creative Civic Engagement through Cultural Arts & Storytelling (Imani)

2E - Teaching Empathy to Achieve Reconciliation (Jorsh & Van Tassel)

3E - Themes of Race in Oral Roberts’ 1950’s Tent-to-TV Ministry (Eschler-Freudenrich)

4E - Greenwood Curriculum Resources for JHFCR (Komara, Muse, & Ulrich)

5E - Civic Engagement & Reconciliation: A Spiritual Perspective (Price)


Symposium Session 6

1F - Restorative Justice: A Path to Healing (Monday & Baxter)

2F - Informed Civil Discourse: Factual Empowerment in an Era of Misinformation (Lagers, Brennan, & Campbell)

3F - When the City Becomes the Classroom

(Williams McKnight, Beckwith, & Johnson)

4F - See, Hear, Change: The White Church & Racial Bias (Hoffmann)

5F - Tulsa  Historical Society & Museum:  Your Story is Necessary for Reconciliation & Democracy (Place)

6F - The Real Bring: School Busing & the American Civil Rights Movement (Easterling)

Plenary Session

“The Power of One, Is Powerful”: Todd Parker & Dr. Candice Barnes will provide a hands-on session to address reconciliation issues through scenarios.


Reconciliation Café

Download Guide to conducting a World Cafe conversation

Table conversations in groups of 4 or 5 to make connections of Symposium topics with real-world reconciliation approaches that can be applied personally and within organizations around the world.

Lunch Keynote

Moises Echevierra, Executive Director and CEO of Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice, discusses how his organization and others achieve reconciliation through stimulating communities by helping “bring voice to the voiceless.”

Hope Medallion Ceremony

The culminating event for the Symposium will include sharing in a Hope Commitment Ceremony in which a 10-year Hope Medallion will be distributed to those in attendance.College student Gage Banks and US  Senator James Lankford will be the Hope Commitment Keynotes for this ceremony. 


John W. Franklin will conclude with a message of keeping hope in our reconciliation efforts.

Closing Activity:  My Reconciliation Pledge

2:00 PM 

12:00 PM 

3:00 PM 

Friday Evening, May 31, 2019

(Suggested Events for Post-Symposium)

Post-Symposium Activity - "Gilcrease after Hours: CommUNITY Connect - Remembering the Resilience in Greenwood" 



Emphasis:  Gilcrease Museum will host community members in a remembrance activity regarding the Tulsa Race Massacre of May 30 - June 1, 1921 (1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd)

Post-Symposium Activity - The Griffins, a play by Theater North 




Synopsis of Play: It’s a hot summer in 1921. Alex and Mattie Griffin are successful entrepreneurs on Black Wall Street, a bustling African-American business district in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The planned lynching of a black 19-year-old (Dick Rowland) for allegedly raping a white teen (Sarah Page) in an elevator sparks one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history. This play by Dr. Rodney L. Clark relates the true events of that time from the perspective of the fictional Griffin family.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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