Black Oklahomans past and present hold a pivotal position in understanding the black experience in America. Just over 100 years since the destruction of Greenwood in Tulsa, OK and in the midst of concerted efforts to mute the teaching of history (through policy like HB 1775) its critical to uncover the untold history of the Black experience in Oklahoma. Launching in Tulsa, Black History Saturdays is a community education program created for the purpose of educating young people, their families, and the wider community toward a more honest and comprehensive understanding of Black history in Oklahoma and across the globe. The goal is to increase public knowledge, promote youth engagement, and equip the next generation of change-makers with historical and cultural knowledge that will inspire them to create powerful impact within their communities.
Developed by a team of expert educators in partnership with Standpipe Hill Strategies, 2892 Miles to Go and EduRec. Black History Saturdays' curriculum blends historical knowledge with engaging pedagogy for a local audience of preschool aged youth to adult learners.
Educational leaders - Dr. Alicia Odewale, Endya Carr, Michael Carter, Vanessa Hall-Harper, and Greg Robinson II - will lean upon their extensive knowledge and expertise to design, development, and implement curriculum for Tulsa's Black History Saturdays that will profoundly impact the youth and community of Oklahoma, as well as an expansive audience beyond its borders.
Since February 2023, Black History Saturdays has organized 120 learners once a month to explore a different theme pertaining to Black history, culture, and present. Hundreds of Oklahomans now have the opportunity to learn Black history on their own terms from educators, community leaders and experts. We hope to engage more around the globe with access to these teachings virtually in real-time and through curated collections.
In collaboration with Standpipe Hill Strategies, 2892 Miles to Go, EduRec, Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce and Historic Greenwood Main Street. Black History Saturdays launched February 2023 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Kristi Orisabiyi Williams
1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Descendant and Creek Freedmen Descendant
Keep Black history alive.
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