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2021 National Symposium

  "The Future of Tulsa's Past: 
The Centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre and Beyond"

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Tour of John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park

Speaker: Ed Dwight 


American sculptor and historian Edward Joseph (Ed) Dwight will provide a tour of the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park.


Speaker: Anneliese M. Bruner 


Anneliese M. Bruner is the great-granddaughter of Mary E. Jones Parrish, a survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre. She discusses her latest book, "The Nation Must Awake: Mary E. Jones Parrish and a Legacy of Reckoning with Political Terror and Personal Trauma", and answers questions.

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Opening Keynote Address

Speaker: Isabelle Wilkerson 


Through the lens of her latest book, "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent", Ms. Wilkerson provides an examination of our entire social structure as an unrecognized caste system.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Morning Keynote Address

Speaker: Dr. Daina Ramey Berry


Dr. Daina Ramey Berry provides a national perspective of how national understanding of assigned value of the slave body (emerging from her book - "The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation" - evolved into a sense of self-worth.

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Luncheon Panel Discussion

Speaker: Dr. Turkiya Lowe


Dr. Turkiya Lowe (National Park Service's Chief Historian and Deputy Federal Preservation Officer), along provides a luncheon panel discussion that illuminates how important historical events tie into the history of places we live.

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Luncheon Panel Discussion

Speaker: Caroline Randall Williams


Caroline Randall Williams (Author, chef, activist, and teacher), provides a luncheon panel discussion that illuminates how important historical events tie into the history of places we live.


Afternoon Keynote Address

Speaker: Dr. Scott Ellsworth


Historian, journalist, and author, Dr. Scott Ellsworth, provides a review of major historical points about the 1921 Race Massacre, along with what new, updated information about the Massacre and Greenwood has emerged that sheds new insight into the events of 1921 and the Greenwood area.

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Evening Keynote Address

Speaker: Dr. Cornel West


Dr. Cornel West, prominent and provocative democratic intellectual, provides perspective on the significance of looking back at the history of race and institutional practices that creating the environment for black communities such as Greenwood.


Friday, May 28, 2021


Morning Keynote Address

Speaker: Samuel Sinyangwe


Policy Analyst and Data Scientist Samuel Sinyangwe provides perspective on how policy and data can provide a lens into how looking back at historical events can shape the work needed to improve the future.

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Luncheon Panel Discussion

Speakers: Eli Saslow, Dereck Black, & Matthew Stevenson


Pulitzer prize journalist Eli Saslow will shares a luncheon panel with Derek Black, the former white-power heir apparent, and Matthew Stevenson

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Afternoon Panel Discussion 

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research & Members of In geveb

Speakers: Jessica Kirzane, Steven Zipperstein, Alyssa Quint, Hannah Pollin-Galay, & Uri Schreter


Looking back 100 years, the national and international press coverage provides a glimpse into the connections of the Tulsa Race Massacre with other historical events beyond time and geography.

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