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Remembering 1921 – Celebrating 2021

Join us for an evening of remembrance and celebration of Black resilience and achievements. In honor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre centennial, the Black Inventors and Black Entrepreneurs halls of fame will be inducting 12 individuals whose work reflects the ongoing spirit of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street.

Black Wall Street: The Past, Present and Future of Black Excellence, Paving the Way for Black Women in Engineering and at NASA

Join us as we welcome Dr. Aprille Ericsson, new business lead at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Instrument Systems and Technology Division. With more than 28 years of experience at NASA and GSFC, Ericsson has served in multiple roles, including instrument project manager and leading spaceflight mission teams. Throughout her career, Ericsson has been a champion for minority advancement in engineering. She is the first Black woman to have received a PhD in mechanical engineering (aerospace option) from Howard University and the first Black woman to earn a PhD in engineering at NASA GSFC.

Stop the Hate Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Join us for a panel discussion with leaders and activists who are bringing attention to the recent violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). We will explore what it takes to build a movement, the ask that the AAPI community has of the greater Oklahoma community, what’s next and how we can get involved.

Register online for this free virtual event.

Greenwood Art Project

The Greenwood Art Project invites the public to view and participate in the first two installations by its commissioned artists. On March 31, Katherine Mitchell’s “Greenwood … A Trilogy in Reflection” will be open at the Vernon AME Church, 311 N. Greenwood Ave., from noon to 6 p.m. Then on April 4, Yielbonzie Johnson will present “Lives on the Line – a Greenwood Arts Project” at the Church of the Restoration, 1314 N. Greenwood Ave., from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. A program is scheduled for 2 p.m.

“Ever since it was announced that Tulsa was a winner in the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge, we have been planning and working toward this day,” said Mayor G.T. Bynum. “From our Call to Artists in the summer of 2019, to the selection of artists in the summer of 2020, to the spring of 2021, when the artists have prepared their works for exhibition, we invite the Tulsa community to participate in this event. One hundred years after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, the Greenwood Art Project is advancing healing in our community through art.”

“Greenwood … A Trilogy in Reflection,” is a site-specific installation made up of three tondo-shaped metal sculptures mounted inside the Vernon AME Church. The first tondo depicts the health, wealth, and stability of Greenwood. The second tondo represents the community’s distress, death of citizens and destruction as a result of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The third tondo reveals how the strength of the tree symbolized throughout the pieces reflects Greenwood’s autonomy, fragility and resilience.

The Greenwood Art Project, led by artists Rick Lowe and William Cordova with TU professor Jeff Van Hanken, Jerica Wortham, Marlon Hall and Kode Ransom, seeks to raise awareness of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and destruction of its thriving Black community in the historic Greenwood District that included Black Wall Street, one of the most prominent Black-owned business districts in the United States during the early 1900s. The Greenwood Art Project also celebrates the resilience, healing and recovery of the community, with new resonance in today’s challenging times.

Vigil For Victims of Police Brutality

ABC, in partnership with BWAA, will hold a vigil for Black victims of police brutality on Friday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. in Hurricane Plaza. Please join us as we honor their memories and look for future change.

Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture featuring Hannibal B. Johnson, Esq.

Join us virtually as The University of Tulsa College of Law proudly presents the 21st Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture featuring guest speaker, Hannibal B. Johnson, Esq. as he presents “Affirming America’s Promise” on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Mr. Johnson is an attorney, author and consultant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Arkansas, Mr. Johnson specializes in diversity and inclusion, cultural competence and nonprofit governance. He serves on the federal 400 Years of African-American History Commission and he chairs the education committee for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.

The Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture honors one of the first black attorneys in Tulsa and Oklahoma. In the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Franklin served his community and his profession by assisting victims. Working from a tent because his office and home had been destroyed, he represented clients, filed briefs and fought back against the injustice of the massacre and the city’s assault on the Tulsa black community. The lecture also honors the legacy of his son, the distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, who delivered the first lecture in the series.

Make plans to join us and register at https://bit.ly/2JZ3tjy.

Soul Food Soiree

Soul Food Soirée is back! Come join ABC for some amazing soul food. TU students may enter with a meal swipe. Social distancing is required. Bring two cans to donate to our canned food drive for a chance to win a prize!

MLK Week

Celebrate and honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday-Friday: Keep your eyes on TU’s social media accounts for the MLK fact of the day and remember them for Friday’s Trivia Night.

Monday, Jan. 18

  • 11 a.m.: Tune in to KTUL Channel 8 to watch the Tulsa MLK Day Parade
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Drive-through pick-up for employees’ sweatshirts in front of Collins Hall (first come, first served)
  • All day: Support a Black-owned business in Tulsa’s Greenwood District
Tuesday, Jan. 19
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Student sweatshirt pick-up at Hurricane Plaza and McFarlin Library west steps (first come, first served)
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Grab-and-go goodie bags at the Student Union, first floor (first come, first served)
  • 7 p.m.: Watch Selma or I am Not Your Negro on your favorite streaming service
Wednesday, Jan. 20
  • 8-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.: Community service (Sign up here.)
  • 12-2:30 p.m.: Student sweatshirt pick-up at Hurricane Plaza and McFarlin Library west steps (first come, first served)
Thursday, Jan. 21
  • 4:30-6 p.m.: “Walk in my Shoes” come-and-go activity at the Student Union, second floor
  • All day: Support a Black-owned business in Tulsa
Friday, Jan. 22

All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism – Authors’ Panel

Two first-year writing courses are studying Lydia X. Z. Brown, E. Ashkenazy, and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu’s anthology, All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism. During this online event, anthology co-editor Lydia X. Z. Brown, along with contributor Angel McCorkle and Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network Founding Executive Director Sharon DaVanport, will discuss the anthology, share brief readings from it, and respond to student questions submitted in advance. This panel is being sponsored by the Writing Program and the English Department, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the College of Health Sciences and the Speech-Language Pathology student association.

ASL interpreters and live captioning provided.

RSVP required for attendees: sara-beam@utulsa.edu. Zoom link and password provided via email on the day of the event to registered attendees.