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1 FEBRUARY BLACK HISTORY MONTH TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS -Diversity and Equity Office “IT doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” Oprah Winfrey

2 PURPOSE: To focus the nation’s attention on the history and contributions made by Black Americans to our country.

3 Tulsa Public School’s Black Student Representation

4 TULSA SCHOOLS NAMED FOR BLACK LEADERS ECDC Bunche – Named for Ralph Johnson Bunche - Negro statesman, diplomat Anderson Elementary – Named for Maria Anderson- Legendary contralto

5 TULSA SCHOOLS NAMED FOR BLACK LEADERS John & Thurgood Marshall – Named for Thurgood Marshall-Supreme Court Justice Woods – Named for Ellis Walker Woods noted educator; first Principal of Booker T. Washington High School

6 RUDISILL LIBRARY Library service in north Tulsa dates back to 1924 and the Greenwood Branch. In 1932 the North Boston Branch opened and later replaced by the Apache Circle Branch in Both Apache Circle and Greenwood closed when Seminole Hills opened in In 1976 the staff and the collection from Seminole Hills opened the North Regional Library. Upon the death of Mrs. Rudisill in 1979, the library’s name was changed to honor her.

7 RUDISILL LIBRARY For the computer user, Rudisill offers 40 computers, including special software for the Family Learning Center, Children's area and African-American Resource Center. Also, classes are offered in a 12 station computer lab which can be booked by community organizations. Two auditoriums seat 200 & 300. There are 3 meeting rooms with capacities of 20 to 55 - depending on the room. Kitchen facilities are available for meeting room users.

8 BLACK TRAITS/PERSONALITIES Research studies have found that black students are: proficient in non-verbal communication work better in collaboration with other students visual/kinesthetic, right-brain learners family oriented with extended ties religious oriented.

9 CULTURAL AWARENESS Culture is a large part of our everyday lives. It is our beliefs, values, behaviors, and material objects that create our way of life.

10 High School History Bowl Saturday, Feb a.m.-5 p.m. The bowl challenges high school teams over topics relating to African\ American history. First, second, and third-place winners will receive a trophy. All student team members will receive a certificate for participation. For all ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Rudisill Regional Library, Tulsa Library Trust and African-American Resource Center. RUDISILL REGIONAL LIBRARY 2009 African-American Heritage

11 Sankofa A symbol of wisdom and learning from the past to build for the future (Literal meaning: Go Back to Fetch It) Sankofa means "go back to the past in order to build for the future," or we should not forget our past when moving ahead. We should learn from the past and move forward into the future. Sankofa is a realization of self and spirit. It represents the concepts of self-identity, redefinition and vision. It symbolizes an understanding of one's destiny and collective identity of the larger cultural group. Sankofa is symbolic of the spiritual mind-set and cultural awakening African people were experiencing in the decades after independence on the African continent. The Sankofa bird is used to represent Sankofa. The symbol is of a bird turning its head backward and its long beak is turned in the direction of its tail. (sang-ko-fah)

12 January 1 - On this first day of January 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The document declared that slaves in states that had rebelled against the Union were "then, thenceforward, and forever free," and provided for African American soldiers to enlist in the Union Army and Navy during the Civil War BLACK HISTORY EVERY DAY WITHOUT EXCEPTION

13 BLACK HISTORY February 23 - On this day in 1868, William Edward Burghardt DuBois was born in Barrington, Massachusetts. DuBois was a leading figure in African American protest for most of his adult life. He emerged at the turn of the century as an opposing voice to Booker T. Washington, who appeared to have accepted segregation, or-in DuBois's eyes-defeat. His book Souls of Black Folk, written in 1903, presented an alternative to Booker T. Washington's "accommodation" platform and is considered a classic work of the civil rights movement.

14 BLACK HISTORY March 15 - An angry President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress after voting rights demonstrations in Selma, Alabama, resulted in police-led violence. President Johnson took advantage of his prestige and position to drum up support for the Voting Rights Act The president titled his speech "We Shall Overcome

15 April 4 - In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. King's assassination precipitated marches and rallies across America and riots erupted in over 100 cities. In the melee, 46 people were killed and 20,000 arrested. From April , there were 50,000 federal and state troops called in to keep order. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared April 7 an official day of mourning. King was 38 years old at the time of his death. BLACK HISTORY

16 May 4 - Thirteen members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) set off on a bus ride from Washington D.C. to New Orleans on this day in1961. These civil rights activist were testing a1960 Supreme Court ruling that expanded anti discrimination laws covering interstate travel to include facilities used by travelers. The Freedom Riders bravely entered segregated terminals, waiting rooms, restrooms and restaurants. They were met with harassment, violence, and even arrest.

17 BLACK HISTORY June 30 - On this day in 1917, the woman who has often been called "the most beautiful woman in the world" was born in Brooklyn, New York. Lena Horne began her career at the age of 16 as a chorus girl at the whites-only Cotton Club in Harlem. She then toured with Noble Sissle's orchestra and later became the first African-American to front a white band when she sang with Charlie Barnet's Orchestra. Her hit tunes included, Stormy Weather," "Blues in the Night," "The Lady Is a Tramp," and "Mad About the Boy."

18 July 21 - On this day in 1896, at the 19th Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Color Women was formed by a merger of the National Federation of Afro-American Women and the Colored Women's League. Mary Church Terrell, a D.C. school board member at the time, was elected its first president, and the organization adopted the slogan, "Lift As We Climb.” BLACK HISTORY

19 August 3,1936, at the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, Jesse Owens won the 100-meter sprint, capturing his first of four gold medals. Over the next six days, Owens won Olympic gold in the 200-meter dash, the broad jump, and the 400-meter relay.

20 BLACK HISTORY September 18 - Today in 1895, Booker T. Washington delivered his famous speech at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. Known as the Atlanta Compromise, he proposed vocational education as opposed to academics as the way forward for African-Americans.

21 B LACK HISTORY October 30 - Today in 1974, fifty million people across the world watched as Muhammad Ali regained the heavyweight boxing title from the current world champion George Foreman

22 November 1 - On this day in 1900, brothers James Weldon Johnson, author, educator and general secretary of the NAACP ( ), and John Rosamond Johnson composed the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing", commonly referred to as the black national anthem. BLACK HISTORY

23 December 1 - On this day in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, after a long day of work as a seamstress, Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her bus seat to a white man. This was in defiance of a local Jim Crow law, which allowed black passengers to sit only if no whites had to stand. Parks said, "My only concern was to get home after a hard day's work," but she set off a 381-day bus boycott, led by young and relatively unknown preacher named Martin Luther King, Jr. BLACK HISTORY

24 Historic All Black Towns of Oklahoma: Boley Clearview Grayson Langston Lincoln Redbird Rentiesville Taft Tatums Tullahassee Vernon Wewoka

25 Greenwood Cultural Center The Greenwood Cultural Center dedicated on October 22, 1995 was created as a tribute to Greenwood’s history and as a symbol of hope for the community’s future. The center has a museum, an African American art gallery, a large banquet hall, and also the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. The total cost of the center was almost $3 million. The cultural center is a very important part of the reconstruction and unity of the Greenwood Historical District. The Greenwood Cultural Center sponsors and promotes education and cultural events preserving African American heritage. It also provides positive images of North Tulsa to the community attracting a wide variety of visitors not only to the center itself but also to the city of Tulsa.

26 Greenwood Cultural Center Tulsa, OK The Greenwood Cultural Center was established to promote African-American heritage and cultural interaction between local communities. It was dedicated in 1995, and a monument was erected in front of the center in memory of the 300 people who lost their lives in the Race Riots of The Center houses the Goodwin-Chapelle Gallery and there is a permanent photographic exhibition of the 1921 Race Riots. The Center has a performing arts program featuring weekly classes in hip hop, African dance and martial arts. Its 8-week Summer Arts Program works with at-risk children in Tulsa through classes in music, drama, and the visual arts. The Center hosts the annual Juneteenth Jazz Festival.

27 Greenwood Chamber Moves Forward With A $30 Million Development For Downtown Tulsa Tulsa, OK -- Jan. 23, The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce recently decided to purchase land at Archer and Elgin in downtown Tulsa for a $30 million, mixed-use development. According to Reuben Gant, the chamber's President and CEO, the chamber will use its nonprofit entity, the Greenwood Community Development Corp., to buy the six acres at the corner of Archer Street and Elgin Avenue for $1.8 million from the Tulsa Development Authority. The chamber named the development Franklin Square in honor of B.C. Franklin, a black lawyer who guided many residents through the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. Greenwood Cultural Center Tulsa, OK

28 The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Inc. (GCC) was founded in 1938 by a group of North Tulsa businessmen. The purpose was to provide an effective medium for business, civic and social expression. The Chamber was an active force in the early development of the Greenwood Business District, known through the 30s and 40s and “Black Wall Street.” In the late 70s, the GCC led the renaissance of the Greenwood District. The rebirth brought about the renovation of ten (10) remaining historic buildings presently known as the Greenwood Centre with the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce as the managing general partner of the Centre. Greenwood Cultural Center Tulsa, OK

29 Improvements Revitalization and preservation efforts in the 1990s and 2000s resulted in tourism initiatives and memorials. Hope Franklin Greenwood Reconciliation Park and the Greenwood Cultural Center honor the Tulsa Race Riot, although the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce plans a larger museum to be built with involvement from the national parks service.national parks service In 2008, Tulsa announced that it sought to move the city's minor league baseball team, the Tulsa Drillers, to a new stadium to be constructed in the Greenwood District. The proposed development includes a hotel, baseball stadium, and an expanded mixed-use district. Along with the new stadium, there will be extra development for the city blocks that surround the stadium. This project will bring Greenwood Historical District out front and center and attract not only tourists but also Tulsa residents to North Tulsa.Tulsa Drillersnew stadium

30 CITY EVENTS DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH FEBRUARY 2009: RUDISILL REGIONAL LIBRARY (continued) 2009 African-American Heritage High School History Bowl Saturday, Feb a.m.-5 p.m. The bowl challenges high school teams over topics relating to African-American history. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive a trophy. All student team members will receive a certificate for participation. The event is for all ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Rudisill Regional Library, Tulsa Library Trust and African-American Resource Center. February : NAACP Youth Helping Youth Conference - Northeast Campus - call (918) for more information

31 Maya Angelou “I BELIEVE that each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory”

32 Thank You For Your Contribution Rudisill Regional Library Tulsa Community College Oklahoma State Department of Education Tulsa Public Schools TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION Tulsa Public Schools is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies and programs on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, or national or ethnic origin. For information, contact the Director of Compliance at (918)


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