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UW Webinar to Discuss Centennial of Death of Black Wall Street

December 7, 2020

The Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research’s “Think and Drink” series in concert with the University of Wyoming’s Black Studies Center will present a free webinar that examines the death of Black Wall Street Thursday, Dec. 10.

The webinar, titled “The Illusion of the American Dream vs. the Reality of the Death of Black Wall Street,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in viewing the webinar can do so by joining via a Zoom link at https://zoom.us/j/960820100.

“This discussion centers on the need to reckon with the 100th anniversary of the death of Black Wall Street through cultural, economic and political lenses,” says Fredrick Douglass Dixon, the center’s director and an assistant professor in the UW School of Culture, Gender and Social Justice.

Black Wall Street refers to an affluent Black neighborhood in Tulsa, Okla.’s Greenwood District in the early 1900s. It was the scene of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, also called the Tulsa Race Riot, one of the most severe incidents of racial violence in U.S. history. Violence broke out between white Tulsans and Black Tulsans May 31, following a newspaper report of an alleged assault of a white woman by a Black man. When the violence ended the next day, between 30 and 300 people were dead -- mostly Blacks residents -- and Black Wall Street was destroyed.

Dixon will moderate the panel discussion.

Panelists are:

-- Courtney Pierre Joseph, an assistant professor of history and African American studies at Lake Forest College.

-- Chad Robinson, a temporary lecturer in UW’s African American and Diaspora Studies.

-- Raymond Winbush, a research professor and director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.

The next UW Black Studies Center webinar will take place Feb. 12, 2021.

For more information, email Dixon at fdixon@uwyo.edu or go to www.uwyo.edu/aads/black-studies-center.

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