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Friday, September 08, 2017

Oklahoma Historical Society speaker to discuss Tulsa Race Riot

An important piece of city's and nation's history


Courtesy of Oklahoma Historical Society

Larry O'Dell, director of special projects and development at the Oklahoma Historical Society, will make a presentation on Sept. 14 about the Tulsa Race Riot.

“The Tulsa Race Riot, A.J. Smitherman and the Report of the Tulsa Race Riot Commission” is set for 4:30 p.m. in North Hall 212.  The event is free and open to the public.

The talk was organized by Dr. David Gray, visiting assistant professor in American Studies, as part of his Tulsa Public Cultures course. The event is sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa American Studies program.

O'Dell will discuss A.J. Smitherman, who was editor in 1921 of the Tulsa Star, an African-American newspaper, and the Star's coverage of race relations and the Tulsa Race Riot.

Hel is author of "Protecting His Race: A.J. Smitherman and the Tulsa Star" published in the journal Chronicles of Oklahoma in 2002.

An estimated 300 people were killed and thousands left homeless during the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 after white rioters attacked residents and businesses in the Greenwood Avenue area known as Black Wall Street. At that time, it was the wealthiest black community in the nation.

 

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