John Hope Franklin Center Programming for May 27 - June 2, 2020

2020 Reconciliation in America National Symposium and the 1st Community Remembrance Week

We have two major events for the week of May 27 - June 2, 2020

Event 1:

For our 9:00 am – 5:00 pm programming, The Reconciliation in America National Symposium is our 11th gathering of scholars and social advocates interested in the latest research and practices on reconciliation.  This year the focus is on technology to achieve reconciliation & will be held online in a virtual format.  The daytime event has registration costs of $50. 

Event 2:

For our evening programming (after 5:00 pm), The Community Remembrance Week*, we have a selection of free events for the community.  During these evenings, the history of Greenwood can be honored over four nights of events that allow community members to share memories, new insights & approaches, collaboration with diverse groups across Tulsa and the nation, along with a play that gives a glimpse into the Greenwood history.  This event will be held online in a virtual format

*The Community Remembrance Week has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Oklahoma Humanities:  Exploring the human endeavor.

Below is a tentative agenda for both events for the week of May 27 - June 2, 2020. 

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(All times in CST)

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Event Day One:  Wednesday, May 27

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Speakers: John W. Franklin & Eli Grayson

Title:  Slavery, Forced Migration & Land:  African and Native Americans During and After Slavery 

Description:  The Africans encountered Native Americans and Europeans once they arrived from the slavery trade. This session will explore the relation of both Africans & Native Americans to the land, making use of historic maps that are not well known.

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Speaker: Dr. Pauline Harris

Title: Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" contribution to the 1921 Race Massacre

Description:  D.W. Griffith’s technically groundbreaking but notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly Movie

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Speaker: Dr. Paula Price

Title: Reconciliation through Online Ministry

Description:  In short, neutrality gives everyone access to opportunity. Social media’s pervasive platforms makeeveryone’s vision and mission adaptable and diversified; diversity being the very heart of reconciliation.

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Speakers: Karen Harmon & Dr. Gary Young-Allen

Title: Who Am I When No One's Looking: Color Me Human 

Description:  Skin color is intimately connected to social constructions of race.

Community Remembrance Event* - Free to the Public

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Samuel Sinyangwe

Wednesday Keynote Speaker

Click here to learn more about Samuel Sinyangwe

*The Community Remembrance Week has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Oklahoma Humanities:  Exploring the human endeavor.

Event Day Two:  Thursday, May 28

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Speakers: David Adams & Miguel Da Corte

Title:  Using Change Management for Effective Reconciliation

Description:  Understanding the people side of change as a means of building an effective, sustainable reconciliation plan.

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Jorsch

Title: The Oldest Technology: Natural Resources as Neutral Resources

Description:  Urban environmental rehabilitation projects organized and led by aggrieved communities offer possibilities to restore not only the physical landscape, but community relations, dignity, and spiritual connection to humanity.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Speakers: Kristen Marangoni & Gay Phillips

Title: Mapping Greenwood

Description:  Several service-learning courses at TCC are working together toward a geo-tagged map of the Greenwood and surrounding areas to help facilitate self-guided walking tours of the area.

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Speakers: Jeffrey Kennedy, Rhonda Grayson, Damario Solomon, Sharon Lenzy-Scott

Title: Exploring the Culture & History of the Creek Freedmen of Indian Territory

Description:  Exploring the culture and History of the Creek Freedmen of Indian Territory

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Speakers: Jim North

Title: The Keyboard:  Mightier than the Sword

Description:  Storytelling through publication, online and print

Community Remembrance Event - Free to the Public

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Speakers:  Captola Dunn & Carolyn Ellis, joined by Gage Banks & Harrison Hardman 

Disucssion Facilitator:  Quraysh Ali Lansana, Tulsa Artist Fellow 

Description:  Conversation between the Elders & Youth on heritage and technology to bridge the gap of generational sharing and knowledge and respect.   

To better prepare for this session, click on the links below to view videos created by Ms. Dunn & Ms. Ellis.

Event Day Three:  Friday, May 29

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Speaker: Rev. Robert Johnson

Title:  Prophetic Faith in Current American Politics 

Description:  Equipping people of faith to be a prophetic - and not partisan -  presence in the current dilemma of American politics

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Speakers: Kayla G. Harding

Title: Acknowledging Cultural Bias

Description:  Learning how to define implicit bias, cultural bias, implicit social cognition, and realated terms

11:30 PM - 12:15 PM

Speakers: Dr. Dewayne Dickens, Vanessa Komara, & Jean Neal

Title: Don't Forget Your Past:  Using Technology to Preserve the Greenwood History

Description:  Using technology to provide educators with material that covers the 1921 Race Riot/Massacre, Black Wall Street, and the people and places of the Historic Greenwood District

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Speakers: Kayla G. Harding & Cathy Bankstom

Title: Empowering Students’ Language and Literacy Capital/Acknowledging Cultural Bias

Description:  Using culturally relevant practices, we offer practical ways instructors can construct language curricula in order to “transform and enrich the lives” of all students.

Community Remembrance Event* - Free to the Public

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Gilcrease Museum: Display Tour

Friday Evening Session

Description:  Virtual Display and Explanation of Museum Holdings with Brief Discussion


*The Community Remembrance Week has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Oklahoma Humanities:  Exploring the human endeavor.

Event Day Four:  Monday, June 1

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Speaker: M. von Nkosi

Title:  Pinning the World:  Reconciliation Through Realities

Description:  Move a Reconciliation Agenda Forward from Your Pocket

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Speaker: Ronald Graham, Sr.

Title: The Indian Territory Freedmen Saga

Description:  How can restorative justice initiatives earn the trust of a public in unwitting complexity with civic structures that perpetuate social injustices and related human rights violations?

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Speaker: Veronica Jackson

Title: Museum Presentation: Humanizing the Heretofore Voiceless in Museum Exhibits

Description: Humanizing the Heretofore Voiceless in Museum Exhibits:  From HOW exhibits tell stories to WHAT and more importantly, WHOSE stories are told.  

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Speaker: Theophus "Thee" Smith

Title: Trust building Truth speaking vs. 'Deepfake Justice'

Description:  How Can Restorative Justice Initiatives Earn the Trust of a Public in Unwitting Complicity with Civic Structures that Perpetuate Social Injustices and Related Human Rights Violations?

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Speaker: Carlos Moreno

Title: Civic Technology and Social Justice

Description:  Civic Technology seeks to create a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, in the 21st Century

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Speaker: Daniel Snell

Title: Is There an APP for Empathy?

Description:  Historical Fiction Can Teach Empathy

Community Remembrance Event* - Free to the Public

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Speakers:  Vanessa Adams-Harris & Dr. Sally Ann Drucker 

Title:  Hidden in Plain Sight and Site: Who Will Tell Our Stories?

Description:  Vanessa Adams-Harris & Dr. Sally Ann Drucker present two women, Dr. Cecelia Nails-Palmer and Etunia (Ethel) Bauer Katz, who valued education enough to tell us their stories of courage and survival.  Of use as primary resources, these stories speak of places occupied and experiences lived under difficulties and traumas.  Learning to listen is important for generations to come.  Unmasking a story in plain sight and site is survival.  


To better prepare for this theatrical presentation, click here to view the introduction to the play.  

*The Community Remembrance Week has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Oklahoma Humanities:  Exploring the human endeavor.

Event Day Five:  Tuesday, June 2

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Speakers: Drew Diamond & Nancy Pettus

Title: Why So Few?

Description:  Community upstanders, why we need them

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Speakers: Timothy Janak & Carmen Janak

Title: Illuminating or Obstructing?  Society’s Portrayals of Interracial Couples

Description: Interracial Couples and intersectionality of race and reconciliation discussions

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Speaker: Mikael Vaughn

Title: Urban Coders Guild's Black Wall Street

Description: Building an ecosystem honoring the living legacy of Black Wall Street

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Speaker: Lisa Iverson

Title: Genealogy: Ambassador for Reconciliation

Description:  How genealogy in combination with systemic family constellation methods can be a tool for ending patterns of racism

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Speakers: Avery Marshall & Moises Echeverria

Title: Use of Technology After Camp Anytown

Description:  This workshop is a look into how youth use technology after being exposed to diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts.