TCC Remembers: Greenwood Projects & Events

TCC faculty, staff and students have planned a variety of projects and events with the most current activity detailed first — from the Common Book program to a virtual tour of Greenwood — that aims to develop transformative, relationship-building activities to help foster racial healing.

By connecting with TCC's strategic planning initiatives, along with ensuring students, employees, and the community see themselves in the work of TCC, the College will illuminate the contributions and challenges associated with our shared Greenwood history.

Events

Mapping Greenwood

Mapping Greenwood is a virtual tour that guides individuals through the events of the Tulsa Race Massacre. The tour has an added focus on ways in which the Greenwood community continues to rebuild. This project has been developed by TCC students across multiple classes and semesters and guided by TCC faculty.

Explore Mapping Greenwood

A brief publication in Spanish is provided by Traducciones Contra El Racismo [Translations Against Racism] a group from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a senior college of the City University of New York.

Projects

Greenwood Virtual Conversations

"Greenwood Virtual Conversations" was a three-day series of virtual conversations with scholars who walked participants through the historic 1920’s Black Wall Street to the current Greenwood District.

Scholars Shirley Nero, retired history educator and past Board Member for the Oklahoma Historic Society, along with Dr. Vivian Clark-Adams and Jimmie White, retired educators and both having served as official members of the Oklahoma Race Massacre/Riot Commission, lead the virtual conversations. The three-day series looked back at the roughly 35-40 block area, known by many as Black Wall Street of America, including the place of churches and the role of cultural centers and museums in preserving the Greenwood District History.

The virtual conversations are about 70-minute sessions with Q&A on the following topics.


Part 1

Focus on Race Riot/Massacre Commissioners Overview of Report Recommendations, Origins of Greenwood, University of Tulsa scholar research, Oaklawn Cemetery discussion.


Part 2

Focus on the historic Vernon AME Church (the only surviving Greenwood church structure from Massacre) and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church (destroyed – and rebuilt - in the Massacre due to rioters’ beliefs it had stored armory).


Part 3

Focus on Greenwood Cultural Center (known for the site of the Mabel B. Little House, one of the largest collections of Greenwood exhibits, and its cultural work in sharing the Greenwood history) and John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park (known for its outdoor museum to share the story of the contributions of those of African descent within Oklahoma, its mission to honor the memories of the lives lost and the dreams of the community, along with the community tours, courageous conversations, annual dinner, and annual Symposium on reconciliation).

21+ Voices of Greenwood

Twenty-One Voices: A Tulsa Community College Podcast

Our 21+ Voices Project highlights community perspectives regarding the Historic Greenwood District as we commemorate the tragic memory of the 1921 Race Massacre, while also acknowledging the tenacity, resilience, and legacy of the members of the Greenwood community.


An Interview with Dr. Jocelyn Lee Payne

3/16/2021 – Dr. Jocelyn Lee Payne Interview Transcript

The only child of Tulsa educators Johnson E. and Effie J. Lee, Dr. Jocelyn Lee Payne is a native Tulsan who attended racially segregated public schools in Tulsa and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Dr. Payne earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brandeis University; a Master of Science in College Teaching – Student Services from Northeastern State University; and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Oklahoma State University.

After more than 40 years in higher education, Dr. Payne became the first full-time Executive Director for the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. Her work includes many years of sharing the stories of the Tulsa 1921 Race Massacre survivors, facilitating courageous conversation on racial reconciliation, and providing overall historical insight about the significance of the Historic Greenwood District as an epicenter of African American wealth, cultural synergy, and triumph during a time of extreme racial divide in US history.

An Interview with Dr. Scott Ellsworth

3/14/2021 – Dr. Scott Ellsworth Interview Transcript

Born and raised in Tulsa, Dr. Scott Ellsworth has been researching and writing about the Tulsa Race Massacre for 45 years. His first book, Death in a Promised Land, was the first-ever comprehensive history of the massacre. In the 1990s, he initiated the search for the unmarked graves of massacre victims. Dr. Ellsworth currently serves as the chair of the Physical Investigation Committee for the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial. His forthcoming book, The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice, will be published on May 18, 2021.

An Interview with Kimberly Jackson

3/13/2021 – Kimberly Jackson Interview Transcript

Born, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Kim Jackson is an Education Reporter and Weekend Anchor at KTUL Channel 8. She joined in 2001 after spending several years working in the Tulsa market. What she loves most about her job is the chance to meet new people, hear their stories, and educate the people who live in her community.

She started working in television at the University of Tulsa with TUTV. Upon graduation, she worked at KJRH and OETA before landing her job at KTUL. She’s covered stories from the Oklahoma City bombing to the Hurricane Katrina victims arriving in Oklahoma, interviewed 1921 Race Massacre survivors, and focused on issues surrounding children in Oklahoma schools.

Jackson has worked with a number of charities over the years but is most proud of the healthy initiatives she’s helped to lead. For seven years, she’s organized a community couch to 5k running program, encouraging fitness in her community. She’s also volunteered in schools as a mentor and loves to speak and motivate students when invited. She’s also helped raise thousands of dollars for Margaret Hudson, the school for teen parents.

An Interview with Kojo Asamoa Caesar

3/13/2021 – Kojo Asamoa Caesar Interview Transcript

Kojo Asamoa Caesar shares how the story of Greenwood is one that should be told widely and often because it inspires us all to work towards a shared future that is more equitable, innovative and impactful.

He is the son of a certified nursing assistant and a taxi driver who instilled in him an undying belief in the American Dream—the notion that everybody gets an equal chance to go as far as their hard work and talent will take them. Propelled by this belief, he excelled in the public school system and went on to attend college, where he served as student body president, and then after graduation went on to law school.

After graduating from the College of William & Mary, Asamoa-Caesar began his career as a kindergarten teacher in Tulsa. His students saw significant growth in their reading scores, and he was ultimately named Teacher of the Year at his school site after just his second year of teaching.

He went on to serve as the founding principal of Greenwood Leadership Academy, an elementary school in north Tulsa, founded as part of a partnership between the Met Cares Foundation and Tulsa Public Schools. He recruited, hired and managed a staff of 25 to operate a school serving over 250 students.

Assamoa-Caesar then served as interim executive director at 36 Degrees North, Tulsa’s basecamp for entrepreneurs, startups and innovators. He led a staff of nine and managed a board of 13 through a seven-month transitional period that culminated with a successful national search and hire of a new CEO.

He most recently won the primary election to become the Democratic nominee for Congress in Oklahoma’s 1st District—making him the first Ghanaian-American to win a major party nomination for federal office and the youngest ever Democratic nominee in the district. Although he lost in the general election, he received 109,641 votes—the most votes by a Democrat in the district since 1984.

An Interview with Drew Diamond

3/13/2021 – Drew Diamond Interview Transcript

Drew Diamond talks about his experiences in Greenwood as a police officer, serving as Tulsa police chief, his time on the Board of Directors of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and his ongoing community activism.

Diamond is Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. He joined the Federation staff in 2010 following two years as an Administrator with Union Public Schools and 16 years as Director of Training for the Police Executive Research Forum. He was Tulsa’s Chief of Police retiring in 1991 after 22 years of service. Prior to joining the Tulsa Police Department he was an employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation until he entered the U.S. Army and became an Agent in the Army Criminal Investigations Command. He is a graduate of Tulsa Community College, Northeastern Oklahoma State University, the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute. He was named as one of TCC's Notable Alumni during the College's year-long 50th anniversary celebration.

An Interview with Nash McQuarters

3/13/2021 – Nash McQuarters Interview Transcript

Nash McQuarters recounts the story of his grandmother and great-grandmother who both survived the Tulsa Race Massacre. Ruth Dean Nash (his maternal grandmother) shared the story with him, and now he shares her story with others.

McQuarters is a North Tulsa native who attended Booker T. Washington HS and Oklahoma State University attaining his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Sociology. Nash currently works as the New Student Orientation Coordinator for Tulsa Community College. His passions include promoting the importance of higher education for BIPOC, social justice, and musical theatre. Nash also enjoys every opportunity to share the story of his grandmother and great-grandmother who were residents of Greenwood in 1921 and who were able to hide and survive the Tulsa Race Massacre.

An Interview with Thesha Zeigler

3/13/2021 – Thesha Zeigler Interview Transcript

Thesha Zeigler, M.Ed. tells the story of her great Aunt Hazel Smith-Jones and her run-in with angry white terrorist harassing Black communities after the lie of a Black man whistling, "allege" touching of a white woman. She also shares her opinion on the direction we are currently heading in the Black Wall Street district and how we should move forward to building a better community and city for ALL of us so that something like this will never happen again.

She has served as Academic Success Coach in The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Tulsa Community College since September 2005. She has earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management and a master's degree in Urban Education. She is a naive a Tulsa native and a true community advocate for the betterment of our schools and neighborhoods by working with educators, community leaders, legislators and fellow neighbors. Her experiences include academic advising, career development, TRiO Student Support Services, assessments, retail management, catering, shipping/receiving, and weight/balance of aircraft through parcel services.

An Interview with Susan Neal

3/13/2021 – Susan Neal Interview Transcript

Susan Neal serves as Executive Director of the Gilcrease Museum and Vice President for Public Affairs at the University of Tulsa. Neal has more than 30 years of experience in management as well as government and community relations. While in Washington, D.C., Neal served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Mickey Edwards prior to her recruitment as a House and Senate lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business. Upon her return to Tulsa in 1984, Neal served as vice president of Downtown Tulsa Unlimited for seven years working in marketing and community development. Neal operated her own public relations company before becoming Director of Jumpstart, Tulsa’s comprehensive early childhood education campaign.

An Interview with Kasey Hughart

3/13/2021 – Kasey Hughart Interview Transcript

Kasey Hughart, a graduate of Tulsa Community College, is a Youth Mentoring Program Teacher at Kendall Whittier Inc. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Tulsa, where she served in multiple leadership roles including President / Co-Affiliate Lead / End Coordinator of Dream Act Oklahoma and President of the Student Diversity Council. While attending TCC, Hughart volunteered regularly with the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, local bilingual newspaper Hispano de Tulsa, Catholic Charities, the Youth Mentoring Program, and the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. Her work with DREAM Act Oklahoma allowed her to advocate on behalf of the immigrant community on all levels: locally, statewide, regionally, and nationally.

An Interview with Pastor Chris Moore

3/13/2021 – Pastor Chris Moore Interview Transcript

Pastor Chris Moore (he/him/his), born and raised in Oklahoma, was ordained into the United Church of Christ in 2009, after many years in the I.T. Management industry. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa.

He was the founding pastor of First Congregational UCC of Norman, an Associate Pastor at Mayflower Congregational UCC in Oklahoma City, and has been the pastor at Fellowship since late 2013. He currently resides on the boards of The New Sanctuary Movement and Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, and serves as the faith lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, as well as working extensively with ACTION, a broad-based community organizing effort.

An Interview with Joe Williams

3/13/2021 – Joe Williams Interview Transcript

Joe Williams served as a Tulsa City Councilor from 1994-2004 and was the first African-American City Council Chairman in Tulsa history. Retired from Oklahoma Natural Gas as a Senior Manager after 36 years, he is graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with distinction. While at OU, he was named to the National Deans List of Outstanding Students and lettered on the OU Varsity Track Team, which won the 1977 and 1978 Big 8 Conference Outdoor Track Championship.

An Interview with Kendrick Marshall

3/13/2021 – Kendrick Marshall Interview Transcript

Assistant Editor of the Tulsa World, Kendrick Marshall is a proud HBCU graduate, graduating from Jackson State University in 2006. He joined the Tulsa World in August 2012 and has also served the publication as a breaking news and crime reporter.

An Interview with State Representative Regina Goodwin

3/13/2021 – Regina Goodwin Interview Transcript

State Representative Regina Goodwin has served as State Representative, Tulsa House District 73, since 2015. She is native of Tulsa, grew up on historic Greenwood Ave. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1980, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas and completed master’s coursework at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. Goodwin, a faithful member of North Peoria Church of Christ, grew up in a loving and community-oriented family. Her grandparents Jeanne and Ed Goodwin, Sr. and parents Alquita and Ed Goodwin, Jr. instilled the philosophy that “service is the rent we pay for our room and board on earth.”

An Interview with Mana Tahaie

3/8/2021 – Mana Tahaie Interview Transcript

Mana Tahaie is an unapologetic advocate for justice with almost two decades of experience organizing social change in a deep red state. She discusses the Greenwood History and provides her perspective based on her background in analysis of power, community organizing, organizational and institutional development, and identity-based oppression.

An Interview with Dr. Leigh B. Goodson

3/7/2021 – Dr. Leigh B. Goodson Interview Transcript

Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D. was named the fourth President and Chief Executive Officer of Tulsa Community College in May 2014.

A Tulsa native, Dr. Goodson has worked in higher education most of her professional career, and she previously served in numerous roles at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Goodson discusses the Greenwood History and TCC’s community support in both commemorating and leading in honoring the legacy of Greenwood – linking her efforts on both personal and college-wide efforts.

An Interview with Phil Armstrong

3/7/2021 – Phil Armstrong Interview Transcript

Phil Armstrong discusses the Greenwood History and shares his perspective as the Project Director for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.

An Interview with City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper

3/7/2021 – Vanessa Hall-Harper Interview Transcript

City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper serves as City Councilor for District 1 in Tulsa. In addition to her role as City Councilor, she is currently the Program Manager for the Tulsa Health Department's Healthy Living Program as well as an Adjunct Professor at Tulsa Community College in the Political Science Department. Hall Harper discusses the Greenwood History and shares her perspective as a Tulsa native and City Councilor.

An Interview with Vanessa Adams-Harris

3/7/2021 – Vanessa Adams-Harris Interview Transcript

Vanessa Adams-Harris leads Outreach & Alliances for the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. She discusses the Greenwood History and her perspective as a native Oklahoman, historian, and researcher interested in stories shared about the history.

An Interview with William White

3/7/2021 – William White Interview Transcript

William White is the founder of the Greenwood Experience that showcases Tulsa's Historical Greenwood Business Community. He discusses the Greenwood History and shares his perspective as a community advocate and researcher in sharing the story of the 1921 Race Massacre.

An Interview with Twila Gibbens

3/7/2021 – Twila Gibbens Interview Transcript

Twila Gibbens is an Oklahoma City native who has resided in Tulsa for several years and has served as former Senior Pastor at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Tulsa. She discusses the Greenwood History and her perspective as a native Oklahoman, minister, and docent for the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation.

An Interview with Tyrance Billingsley

3/7/2021 – Tyrance Billingsley Interview Transcript

Tyrance Billinsgly is a community leader, activist, and north Tulsa resident. He discusses the Greenwood History and his perspective as a young professional in Tulsa. He graduated from Tulsa Community College in 2017.

An Interview with Michelle Place

3/7/2021 – Michelle Place Interview Transcript

Michelle Place began working as the Business Manager for the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum in 2001 and was named Executive Director in 2012. She discusses the Greenwood History and her perspective as the Executive Director of the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum and advocate for preserving history while also exploring it for ways of cultivating.

An Interview with Maybelle Wallace

3/7/2021 – Maybelle Wallace Interview Transcript

Maybelle Wallace is a no-nonsense Tulsan who, after developing an early interest in acting, has dedicated more than 40 years of leadership to community theater.

The 90-year-old serves as Executive Director of Theatre North. She discusses the Greenwood History and her perspective as a native Tulsan and how her work at Theater North has been part of the Greenwood legacy.

TCC Remembers: Student Commemorative 21 Posters

Michael Singleton, Dr. Kirsten Marangoni, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion coordinated 21 images that will be physically displayed across the four TCC campuses, along with a virtual display of the images. The exhibit showcases the people and places of Greenwood.

Classroom and Panel Discussions

Hallowed Halls: The Tragedy of 1921 Viewed through the Lens of Faith

On April 2, 2021 Reverent Scott presented a part of the “TCC Remembers: Legacy of Greenwood and Our Shared Racial Healing" project, funded in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities. The presentation chronicled the establishment and history of Greenwood prior to May 31, 1921, recounting the atmosphere of race relations locally and nationally leading up to the Massacre, highlight the events on May 31, 1921 and the role of Black Churches before, during and after the destruction. The presentation concluded with the current role of Black Churches serving as beacons of hope and healing agents 100 years later.

The Call: African American Male Summit at TCC

On Jan, 18, 2021, TCC and Tulsa African American male students (high school and college age) learned the benefits of pursuing higher education, as well as connecting the legacy of the Historic Greenwood District and Black Wall Street History to plans of excellence in life and education.


Part 1

Motivational Presentation with Kenya Williams


Part 2

Motivational Presentation with Greg Robinson


Part 3

Motivational Presentation with Dwight Taylor


Part 4

Remembering Greenwood – Portrayals of a Few Significant Greenwood Leaders

Public Good Reads Common Book ("Tulsa 1921")

Book Cover Tulsa 1921: Reporting a Massacre. Foreward by Karlos K. Hill. Author: Randy Krehbiel

"Tulsa 1921": Reporting a Massacre” by Randy Krehbiel
Academic Year: 2020-2021; 2021-22

The Public Good Reads Common Book Program at Tulsa Community College is a collective learning experience for thousands of students across the College, including a majority of first-time entering college students. It is embedded in the College Success (COLL 1003) curriculum and designed to spark discussion and dialogue from diverse points of view to help develop an engaged citizen.

Afternoons of African American Awareness

"Afternoons of African American Awareness" series focuses on the Tulsa Race Massacre and is presented by the TCC African American Student Association and Student Life. These virtual events were hosted on Zoom throughout February 2021 and were open to TCC students, faculty, staff, and the public.


Professor Quraysh Ali Lansana

Tulsa Artist Fellow and Acting Director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa


Jennifer Latham

Author of "Dreamland Burning"

 

Dr. Karlos K. Hill

Associate Professor and Chair of the Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies at The University of Oklahoma-Norman


Reverend Dr. Robert R.A. Turner

Pastor of the Historic Vernon AME Church

Leadership Team

The TCC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Nate Todd, Dean of Student Success and Equity) and Office of Engaged Learning (Cindy Shanks, Dean of Engaged Learning) manage these activities. In addition, the project lead is Dr. Dewayne Dickens, Director Culturally Responsive Practices (dewayne.dickens@tulsacc.edu).