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It Didn’t Happen Over Night: The Tulsa Race Massacre

06/14 @ 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to technical complications, this program was not able to occur on its original date, May 31. This is the rescheduled date.

Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram will re-introduce The Tulsa Massacre not as an isolated event, but as an event “in the making” over a period of years with this presentation. She will describe how this feeling of “race-hatred” by white Oklahomans was crystalized through the government, the arts, the stage and the silent screen; especially through the works of Rev. Thomas Dixon – namely his film The Birth of a Nation. Additionally, through his novels and stage plays including The Sins of the Father, The Leopard’s Spots, and others.  These novels, and stage plays and the silent film helped to create atmospheres of violence against the Black community that supported both the brazen robbery and massacre of innocent Black townspeople by white citizens on those fateful days in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dr. Brooks-Bertram will also introduce Drusilla Dunjee-Houston the one Black woman who barely escaped the massacre and went on to write extensive, fearless critiques of the Tulsa violence and commemorated the massacre with a never-before-read screenplay designed to refute the film Birth of a Nation and the Dixon plays.  Her screenplay is called The Spirit of the South: The Maddened Mob.

Free to attend; registration required in advance on Zoom.

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