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KGOU Book Club Explores Tulsa Race Massacre

Oklahoma Historical Society

One-hundred years ago this June, violence devastated one of the most prosperous Black communities in the nation – Tulsa's Greenwood District. The area known as “Black Wall Street” was the site of the deadliest race riot in American history.  

As we near the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, KGOU is urging greater understanding of the tragedy and its significance in state and national history.  


We’ve created the KGOU Readers Club, and are encouraging listeners to read four books about the massacre by authors with Oklahoma ties: 


Fire in Beulah (by Rilla Askew)


Tulsa, 1921: Reporting a Massacre (by Randy Krehbiel)


The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History (by Karlos Hill)


Opal’s Greenwood Oasis (by Najah-Amatullah Hylton and Qurayash Ali Lansana)


In May we’ll air discussions of these books with their authors and other experts. For more on this project, look for the KGOU Readers Club at KGOU.org.  


With the Manager’s Minute, I’m Dick Pryor.  


Dick Pryor has more than 25 years of experience in public service media, having previously served as deputy director, managing editor, news manager, news anchor and host for OETA, Oklahoma’s statewide public TV network. He was named general manager of KGOU Radio in November, 2016.
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