Geography and the Environment Colloquium Series: Jovan Scott Lewis
Friday, April 2, 2021 3:00 PM
Violent Utopia: Tulsa in Massacre’s Wake
Abstract: In 1921 a racist mob razed the Greenwood District in
Tulsa, OK, considered one of the most commercially successful Black
communities in American history. Black Tulsans who can recall this past
where self-determination filled Black lives with dignity and autonomy
seek a form of restoration. Through memorials, community meetings, and
urgent efforts to revitalize Black commerce in response to a rapidly
gentrifying Greenwood, Violent Utopia traces the everyday formations of
how Black Tulsans pursue the restoration of this legacy. In thinking
through the 1921 massacre, its afterlives, and the original notions and
efforts of Black freedom that preceded them, what becomes evident is
that Greenwood's past serves as both an inspiration and a haunting
specter looming over the community as they endeavor to live up to
Greenwood's history. For additional information, please contact Natalie Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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