Chief Amusan speaks about his dynamic history walking tour of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Randy Hopkins’s discusses his eye-opening research into the media coverup of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Each of these scholar-activists brings deep knowledge and transformational energy to the efforts currently underway to secure justice and reparations for Tulsa’s African American community some 100 years after the devastating attack on Greenwood by whites known as the Tulsa Race Massacre.
About the Speakers:
Chief Egunwale Amusan is a lifetime resident of Tulsa, a Social Justice Advocate, Certified Chief Councilor, and a Greenwood historian/researcher committed to justice for descendants and the preservation of Greenwood's history. He is a board member of the Center for Public Secrets, an alternative arts + culture institution in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a key influencer in the Black Wall Street Movement, he serves as Adviser to the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce.
Randy Hopkins was born in Tulsa and raised in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. A graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas School of Law, he was a trial lawyer in Houston, Texas. He was a trial lawyer in Houston until moving to Oregon, where he has focused on historical research and serves as a Research Affiliate for the History Department at Portland State University. A student of Tulsa history, his article, “Birthday of the Klan: The Tulsa Outrage of 1917,” published in The Chronicles of Oklahoma, won the annual Muriel Wright Award issued by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 2020 for outstanding article.
Moderator: Patricia A. Schechter, Professor of History, Portland State University
Sponsored by Center for Public Secrets, the Portland State University History Department, and the Portland State University Black Studies Department.
Tulsa Race Massacre -- Tulsa Oklahoma 1921 -- Press coverage -- Oklahoma -- Tulsa, African Americans -- Violence against -- Oklahoma -- Tulsa -- History -- 20th century, Racism -- Oklahoma -- Tulsa -- History -- 20th century, Tulsa World -- Tulsa (Oklahoma) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century, Riots -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Greenwood (Tulsa, Okla.)
African American Studies
Amusan, Chief Egunwale; Hopkins, Randy; and Schechter, Patricia A., "The Burning of Greenwood: Voices from Tulsa, Then and Now" (2021). The Tulsa Race Massacre: Teaching and Learning Resources. 7.