Hannibal B. Johnson, author of Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma, reflects on the events of the Tulsa Massacre which took place 100 years ago, May 31 - June 1, 1921, and how the historic and tragic events still reverberates today. Mr. Johnson will be joined in conversation by Professor Christopher Bonner, Professor of African American history at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Copies of Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma are available to purchase from Books with A Past, or to borrow from your local library.
Sponsored by Friends & Foundation of Howard County Library System, Anne Arundel County Public Library and Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation, Baltimore County Public Library, Calvert Library, Charles County Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Kent County Public Library, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, with support from Talbot County Free Library.
Praise for Black Wall Street 100:
The remarkable story of Tulsa's African American community and the racial cataclysm of 1921 bear important lessons for us all. Few know these better than Hannibal B. Johnson. Black Wall Street 100 is essential reading.
Scott Ellsworth, Ph.D., Professor, University of Michigan, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; Author of Death In A Promised Land--The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, the healing continues. Through the historical context created by Hannibal B. Johnson, we are reminded, individually and collectively, of the relentless effort to live together as people. The lessons learned from the tragedy of 1921 continue to teach us that our only choice is to treat one another with dignity, respect, and a sense of shared responsibility.
M. Susan Savage, former Tulsa Mayor and Oklahoma Secretary of State; CEO, Morton Comprehensive Health Services
Hannibal B. Johnson's writing continues to help each of us learn about the horrific history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the lingering economic and social divides that continue to hold our community back. His latest book should allow each of us to not only learn the history and the current impact of those events, but also understand our own biases and how each of us can work daily to change the systemic racism that exists.
Kathy L. Taylor, former Tulsa Mayor and Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism
Hannibal B. Johnson, a Harvard Law School graduate, is an author, attorney, and consultant specializing in diversity and inclusion issues, human relations, leadership, and non-profit leadership and management. He has taught at The University of Tulsa College of Law, Oklahoma State University, and The University of Oklahoma. Johnson serves on the federal 400 Years of African-American History Commission, a body charged with planning, developing, and implementing activities appropriate to the 400th anniversary of the arrival, in 1619, of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia. He is the education chair for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Commission. His books, including Black Wall Street, Up from the Ashes, Acres of Aspiration, Apartheid in Indian Country, and The Sawners of Chandler, chronicle the African American experience in Oklahoma and its indelible impact on American history. The 2011 National Black Theatre Festival showcased Johnson's play, Big Mama Speaks-A Tulsa Race Riot Survivor's Story. Big Mama Speaks has also been staged in Caux, Switzerland. Johnson has received numerous awards and honors for his work and community service. Learn more at hannibalbjohnson.com.
Christopher Bonner teaches African American history at the University of Maryland, College Park. He published his first book, Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship, in 2020. His work has also appeared in the collection New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (2018) and at "Black Perspectives," the blog for the African American Intellectual History Society. Originally from Chesapeake, Virginia, he earned his B.A. from Howard University and Ph.D. from Yale University.
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This event is part of HCLS Racial Equity and Inclusion series