Please join Congressman John Conyers; the Congressional Black Caucus; and The Tulsa Project for “Reflections on the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921,” and a screening of the feature documentary film Before They Die!, which chronicles the survivors’ journey for justice in their own words.
The event will be held:
September 25, 2009, 3:00 to 6:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Room 145B
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Meet Tulsa Race Riot Survivors: 94 yr. old Dr. Olivia Hooker and 91 yr. old Wess Young. They will be part of a Talk Back moderated by producer/director Reggie Turner, featuring Harvard professor and lead counsel for the survivors, Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., members of Congress and special guests to discuss H.R. 1843: The John Hope Franklin Tulsa-Greenwood Race Riot Claims Accountability Act of 2009 and the continuing movement for justice.
The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot is one of America’s least know and worst acts of domestic terrorism.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see, experience, touch and change history.
Help Us, Help Them….Before They Die!
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Wess Young, Mayor David Dinkins and Otis Clark spoke and answered caller questions on-air at WBLS studios in NYC. Attorney Charles Ogletree moderated a panel of survivors the same day in New York.
On October 19, 2008 the Mayor of Tulsa will host the premiere screening of Before They Die!, with special guest appearance by Tulsa native Alfre Woodard. The event will also be a fund raiser to benefit the Survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. This event is a step in the journey to healing for the Tulsa community. All living Tulsa Race Riot survivors are being invited to attend the event. General admission tickets are $25, information on purchasing tickets and making donations for the benefit can be found on the Contribute to our Outreach Campaign page.
Professors Charles Ogletree and Eric Miller testified before the House Judiciary Committee on behalf of HR 40. A video of their historic testimony on behalf of HR 40 is now available on the House Judiciary Committee’s website:
Charles’ testimony begins at 40 minutes in and Eric’s begins at 3 hours, 56 minutes in. All of the testimony is really worth listening to—including those who spoke against HR 40, especially Stephen Thernstorm (of Harvard’s history department).
A look at the Tulsa Race Riot through historical photos set to music. This video has has over 5,000 views on You Tube (update: September 2009 – over 13,000 views).
Music by Michael Franti and Spearhead, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy.
Tulsa Race Riot Survivors Mr. Otis Clark, Dr. Olivia Hooker and Mr. Wes Young will be telling their stories on Comcast Channel CN8, Art Fennell Reports, at 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on December 27th and January 8th. If you don’t get Comcast, you can see it on the Internet at the same time and on the same dates.
Their first hand accounts were taped at Temple University Law School in a Symposium sponsored by Temple, the Lomax Companies, and Harvard Law’s School Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice on October 22, 2007. They did a great job – it was an amazing and inspiring event. Professors Charles Ogletree, Dean Reinstein and Suzette Malveaux commented on the case.
Over the next few days and weeks we will introduce you to survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, like Mr. Otis Clark, Mr. Otis Clark who at 104, is the oldest known living survivor. We’ll have audio and video so that you can really get to know these amazing people. We will also tell you about the documentary that has followed the Survivors’ quest for justice through the US legal system all the way to the Supreme Court and the international arena.