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Understanding the Tulsa Massacre

March 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Zoom Videoconference

Please join us for this webinar on  on Thursday, March 18th at 7:00 PM EST.

During the month of March, New Canaan Library celebrates “One Author New Canaan” and the literary works of award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson with programming that supports, and honors themes found throughout her work.


The Tulsa Massacre has been called “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history,” yet for many, the events are not well known, if at all. In this lecture, S. Michelle Place, executive director of the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, will increase our understanding of what led up to the events of the Tulsa Massacre.

The Tulsa Massacre took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when as many as 300 people were killed when mobs of white residents, many deputized by city officials, attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which at that time was the wealthiest black community in the United States, known as “Black Wall Street”. Michelle Place will explore the many issues and questions surrounding this infamous, historic event.

MICHELLE PLACE  was named Executive Director of the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum in 2012, a 27,000 sq. ft. facility with seven annually rotating galleries and extensive archives.  Education programs for all ages, author lectures, musical programs, and community collaborations are a reality.

Michelle is a two-time Heartland EMMY winning writer, technical advisor, and producer. BOOMTOWN: An American Journey, (2016) is a documentary focusing on the booms and busts of Tulsa, Oklahoma, its cultural challenges, and the impact wealth from oil had on the region.  She is the Executive Producer for (2020) L’dor V’dor: Generation to Generation, the Story of Tulsa’s Jewish Community, which received many awards. She is a four-time delegate to an international conference on Just Governance through the United Nations in Geneva’s Initiatives for Change in Caux, Switzerland.  In 2018, Michelle was named as one of thirty-five Global Women Drivers for Peace. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Michelle has lived in Tulsa for 34 years with her family and now calls it home.

For more information on this Speaker please visit prhspeakers.com


March 18, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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