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The Illusion of a “Post-Race” America

February 6th, 2011 // 6:15 pm @

November 5, 2008, newspaper headlines trumpeted the dawn of a new era: “A Nation Changed” (The Bakersfield Californian); “In Our Lifetime” (The Anniston Star); “America Chooses Change” (Tahoe Daily Tribune); and “Obama Wins in Historic Vote” (Record Searchlight), just to note a few. The election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States [...]

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The Limits of the Law

December 6th, 2010 // 10:05 am @

By Hannibal B. Johnson The words “law” and “justice,” most often coupled sequentially as “law and justice,” fit together like handmaidens. Historically and strategically, African-Americans have been true believers in the marriage of these concepts. From abolition to civil rights, African-American liberation movements viewed changes in the law as the primary means by which to [...]

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Diversity, inclusion: business and moral musts

August 26th, 2010 // 9:31 am @

Reprinted from Tulsa World with permission of original author By Staff Reports Published: 8/26/2010  2:27 AM Last Modified: 8/26/2010  6:12 AM Last fall, the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association held its first annual “Return on Inclusion” business summit. That TAHRA gathering of business leaders and professionals highlighted the significance of diversity and inclusion generally and, [...]

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Race & Reconciliation: Tulsa, Oklahoma Leads By Example

June 13th, 2010 // 8:55 pm @

“One might argue the historian is the conscience of the nation, if honesty and consistency are factors that nurture the conscience.” Dr. John Hope Franklin (Race and History, Selected Essays, 1938 – 1988) In life, Tulsa’s hometown hero, Dr. John Hope Franklin, challenged us to identify that which is broken in the world, and then [...]

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February: A Time to Celebrate Black History

January 22nd, 2010 // 9:49 pm @

In 1926, the history of persons of African ancestry was largely ignored—not studied; not documented. African presence in America dates back to pre-colonial times, yet it was not until the 20th century that persons of African ancestry took it upon themselves to chronicle and commemorate their troubled and triumphant history in this country. Eventually, mainstream [...]

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Dr. King–A Visionary for the Ages

January 22nd, 2010 // 7:46 am @

What I find most remarkable about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is his vision. This champion of social equality and economic parity possessed an unparalleled penchant for timeless, incisive, inspirational prose. More than anyone, Dr. King elevated our discussions of race beyond parochial concerns to universal principles and precepts. Only when we recognize the human [...]

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Dr. John Hope Franklin Quiz

June 19th, 2009 // 7:38 am @

DR. JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN Know the History; Know the Historian On March 25, 2009, America lost a trailblazing historian and scholar in the person of Dr. John Hope Franklin. At the time of his death, Dr. Franklin, a noted academician, was the John B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History at ______________________ University. Born in 1915, [...]

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Oklahoma’s All-Black Towns (Quiz)

May 29th, 2009 // 9:22 am @

OKLAHOMA’S ALL-BLACK TOWNS Test Your Knowledge of Oklahoma’s All-Black Towns. Take This quiz. You May Be Surprised At What You Don’t Know. 1.      List two criteria used to determine whether a community constitutes an “all-Black town.” _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ 2.      Many all-black towns emerged after the collapse of what Southern rebuilding program? _____________________________________________________________________ 3.      A single individual is credited [...]

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The Ghosts of Greenwood Past: A Walk Down Black Wall Street

May 11th, 2009 // 7:08 am @

Early in the twentieth century, the black community in Tulsa—the “Greenwood District” or simply “Greenwood”—became a nationally renowned entrepreneurial center. Legendary African-American statesman and educator, Booker T. Washington, dubbed Greenwood Avenue, the nerve center of the community, “The Negro Wall Street” for its now-famous bustling business climate. Legal segregation forced black Tulsans to do business [...]

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AS IF

April 15th, 2009 // 9:41 am @

As if shackles never fastened. As if lashes never pierced. As if slip knots never hanged. As if fire never charred. As if bullets never silenced. As if separate were equal. As if Jim never crowed. As if we moved with all deliberate speed. As if our rights came civilly. As if the action were [...]

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