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The Sawners of Chandler: A Pioneering Power Couple in Pre-Civil Rights Oklahoma

Juxtaposed against the grim realities of black life at the turn of the twentieth century, the lives of George and Lena Sawner shone like the blazing sun on an oven-hot August day in Oklahoma. Educated, professional, and economically stable—well-off by most standards—the Sawners lived the American dream, accompanied, periodically, by nightmarish reminders of the realities of race. Click here to read more

The Black Wall Street Experience (Gallery)

The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot (Gallery)

Black History Top Books

"Underrated." That's how Black Wall Street has been described. Check out this listing of "must read" books about Black History. Black Wall Street made the cut! https://bookriot.com/2020/02/17/black-history-month-books/

New Podcast Chronicles The Events Of “Black Wall Street 1921”

My participation in this podcast allows me to use my agency to undo just a bit of the damage done by those who would continue to obfuscate and sanitize our history. Listen. Learn. Grow. Only by being honest and forthright about our history will we be able to avoid the...

Rising From The Ashes – with Citizens of Tulsa

In the first episode of 2020, Alex Aguilar and Will Retherford sit down with Hannibal B. Johnson to discuss the Tulsa Race Massacre, the effects of this tragedy in present time, and how we move forward in the city of Tulsa. Listen to the full episode here:...

Johnson collaborates with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on new ballet about Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District

PLAYBILL: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's "Greenwood" (download the guide by clicking the image below) The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the country’s top modern dance troupes, premiered its new ballet, Greenwood, at Manhattan’s City Center in...

Tulsa’s 1921 Race Massacre Not A Secret Anymore Interview

Here's a piece about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre that includes a video in which I'm interviewed by Kim Jackson of KTUL-8. Click here to watch

What If? By Hannibal Johnson

In this episode, author Hannibal Johnson shares a poem and an essay that addresses what’s necessary to improve Oklahoma’s relationship with diversity and inclusion. Hannibal talks to Lindsey and Emily about our shared humanity, the power of asking “what if,” and he...

Black Wall Street: Unfinished Business in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District

This video explores the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, once a teeming black business mecca known throughout the nation as America's "Black Wall Street."  A devastating, man-made calamity rocked the Greenwood District to its core in 1921. In an hours-long orgy...

Confusion Reigned, Hatred Ruled – Interview on The Janus Adams Show

Recently, I appeared on the Janus Adams Show and discussed Black Wall Street and the 1921 Tulsa race riot. You can listen to the interview by clicking the following link: https://soundcloud.com/janusadams/hannibal-johnson-full-show Here's an excerpt from the podcast...

Interview: The Sawners of Chandler: A Pioneering Power Couple in Pre-Civil Rights Oklahoma

I was recently a guest on StudioTulsa and discussed my newest book, "The Sawners of Chandler: A Pioneering Power Couple in Pre-Civil Rights Oklahoma." You can listen on the StudioTulsa Podcast website by visiting their website and searching for "The Sawners of...

Interview with Rich Fisher of StudioTulsa – Apartheid In Indian Country? Seeing Red Over Black Disenfranchisement

Hannibal recently sat down with Rich Fisher of StudioTulsa to discuss his book, "Apartheid in Indian Country? Seeing Red Over Black Disenfranchisement." To listen to the interview, go to:...

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