Tulsa


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 […]


Forget The Pain 6

After the ebullience fades to a warm, muscular fire. After feeling has returned to my fingers and toes, Long after I have swallowed the tears that rise like mountains from the deepest pits of mile 15 Long after I stopped giving kids high fives and smiling at jokes After. After […]


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 […]


Presence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder 2

Does knowing a history make us love places more? I tried to move away from Tulsa and back to Pittsburgh for the first three years we lived in Oklahoma. Everything, I decided, was better in the ‘burgh. We had better weather, better sports, better landscape, better highways, better people (my […]