This is an invitation to our next event titled Three Historians Speak on Tulsa 1921 featuring scholars Robin D.G. Kelley, John Womack, Jr., and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
Oklahoma was a powder keg of struggle in the years preceding the Tulsa atrocity of 1921. Tenant farmers, sharecroppers, and workers: Black, white, and indigenous, joined forces in struggles against landlords, usurers, the Klan and the police.
In 1917, the "Working Class Union" (the name of the Oklahoma-based organization) tried to launch a US-wide armed insurrection against the U.S. government and its impending entry into World War I. In November of that year, the "Knights of Liberty", a Klan precursor, tarred and feathered more than a dozen IWW members in Tulsa. Even the 80-years-late 2001 Oklahoma Commission on the "Tulsa Race Riot" (the Commission's term) admitted that the attack on the IWW "proved to be an important step along the road to the race riot."
In 1921, the Klan, police, and oil company planes burned and bombed Tulsa's Black section. Day-after images of Tulsa resemble modern-day images of Gaza after Israeli bombing.
Famed–and committed–historians John Womack, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Robin D.G. Kelley provide insights into the forces that led to the Tulsa atrocity of 1921.
When: Saturday, August 7 at 2:00pm Eastern Time