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Black History is Oklahoma History

Black History Month is an opportunity to re-examine one’s understanding of U.S. history and recognize the countless achievements Black visionaries have made. Because Oklahoma was originally Indian Territory, it has a complex and rich past unlike any other state in the nation. “Many historians don’t want to say their state’s history is unique,” says Larry O’Dell, historian and director of...

A Step Forward

After former President Donald Trump announced he would hold a campaign rally in Oklahoma on Juneteeth, “everybody’s eyes were on Tulsa,” says Sherry Gamble-Smith, president and CEO of the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce and chairman of Tulsa’s Juneteenth celebration. Bowing to criticism, Trump changed the date to June 20, and a groundswell of support for the African-American community...