Celebrate African American History Month by attending a lecture on the exhibition entitled “The Night Tulsa Died” by speaker Dr. Leslee Stradford, Professor of Art at Laney College on February 13. It will be held here at the John Adams Campus Library on the Second Floor from 9:30AM to 11:00AM.
Dr. Stradford is the descendant of a survivor of the June 1, 1921 massacre of the all-black community housed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Known as “Black Wall Street,” the Greenwood section of Tulsa was a thriving segregated community. Following the arrest of a 17-year-old black shoeshine man for allegedly accosting a young white woman, events quickly spiraled downward until 3,000 black men, women and children lay dead and the neighborhood was reduced to ashes. Dr. Stradford is an artist and has prepared a traveling exhibit of 14 banners with 90 images, telling the story of this story, which is not well known to African-Americans, much less anyone else.