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Dance and Broadway Merge

Celebrity Attractions presents Come From Away, running Oct. 12-17 at the Tulsa PAC. This show depicts the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001. In conjunction with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, Tulsa Ballet offers Breakin’ Bricks (With Flight of Fancy) from...

From Dalí to Scholder

At Philbrook, explore a world of delight, imagination and paradox with Dalí’s Alice in Wonderland, running June 11-Oct. 17.  At Gilcrease, Enslavement to Emancipation: Toward a More Perfect Union opens June 17, showcasing three foundational documents that speak to the history of African slavery in the Western Hemisphere and the United States. In conjunction with the Tulsa Race Massacre’s centennial, Crystal...

The Tulsa Race Massacre: A Retrospective

Perhaps the ugliest, largest and most shameful blot on Oklahoma’s history is the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. And until recently, it was an event largely swept under the rug, or – at best – wildly downplayed, essentially rewritten to fit a racist agenda. The event was halted from rising to the forefront of discussions about our state’s history. In the last Few Years, things have changed. Conversations have shifted. Finally, a horrible event is being presented factually. The truth has been brought to the light. Motivations have morphed into education, into reconciliation, into healing. In this retrospective, we take a look at Oklahoma’s burgeoning all-Black communities prior to the massacre; the event and its aftermath; the evolving education surrounding the Massacre; the Flourishing Greenwood District as it stands today; and the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and its hopes for a better, more united Tulsa.

Oklahomans of the Year

2020: Perhaps the strangest year in recent history.

A Century’s Worth of Lessons

Brenda Alford’s grandparents did not speak to her directly about the horrors of the Tulsa Race Massacre. But after she grew up, she realized she had often overheard conversations about the devastation that began on May 31, 1921, in the Greenwood District and its prosperous Black Wall Street. She learned that her grandparents, James and Vasinora Nails Sr., along...