history


Telling Tulsa’s Story

A young African American man stepped onto an elevator on May 31, 1921. Dick Rowland, likely on a break from his shoe shine job, had planned to use the restroom on the fourth floor of the Drexel Building. He and his colleagues had restricted access to public facilities; this was […]


Reliable Narrators and the Role of History

In 1921, violence erupted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when armed African American men—many of them returning veterans—tried to protect a young black man from lynching. By the time the Tulsa race riots were over, at least 10 whites and 26 African Americans were dead. In one African American neighborhood, white rioters […]


State of Dismay 5

Next week I will review of Pam Hogeweide’s new book “Unladylike,” which is knocking my socks off. But Pam raises some important questions that seem uncannily prescient in light of recent current church events. I don’t want to rehash the scandals, the uproars or the opinions, but social media streams […]