The 2nd event in the USF Humanities Institute series on "Recovering Erased History" features guest speaker, Lynn Wallace, Library Director of Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. Wallace will be speaking on, "Deliberately Forgetting the Destruction of Dreams: Looking Back on 100 Years of Documenting the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921."
A growing and prosperous African-American community had their aspirations and dreams destroyed on the night of May 31st 1921 when a newspaper article and rumors incited one of the worst incidents of racial violence in this nation’s history. Deliberate efforts to suppress the truth of these events kept Tulsa, Oklahoma out of the history books for decades and members of the community either silenced or unaware.
What happened that night? Why have so few heard about this history? What happened to the dreams destroyed? Where are the records and documents that record this history? 100 years later, what questions still go unanswered?
Join on February 23rd to explore the history of Black Wall Street, The Tulsa Race Massacre, the aftermath, the fear that silenced a generation and the efforts to document, preserve and provide access to surviving documents and eyewitness accounts.
This event is free and open to students, faculty and staff, and the public. Register here.