Rarely mentioned in textbooks, the Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the most horrific incidents of racial violence in American history. Produced and directed by Emmy-winning director Jonathan Silvers, Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten examined this deadly assault on humanity 100 years later.
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The documentary was screened in partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., welcoming more than 1,000 virtual audience members.
The NMAAH event welcomed panelists after the screening to explore the legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: The Washington Post‘s DeNeen Brown; NMAAH historian Paul Gardullo; Oklahoma State Representative Regina Goodwin; Director of Met Cares Foundation Greg Robinson II; and co-producer Eric Stover.
“If you don’t know your history, it will repeat itself,” said producer/reporter DeNeen L. Brown, whose goal with the film was to explore issues of atonement, reconciliation and reparation in the past, present and future through the historical lens of white violence and Black resistance.
Tulsa: The Fire and The Forgotten was an unbelievable and powerful documentary. It’s a shame that this part of our history was never taught in schools when I was growing up and it should be done so today. This is history, American history. #BlackWallStreet #TulsaRaceMassacre– Michael Bostic (@kdnets77)
Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten works best as a learning tool, filling in some of the blanks of American history, details that were purposely redacted by the same types of people who wish to continue that redaction.– Roger Ebert
Homepage image: Jonathan Silvers/Saybrook Productions Ltd. Top image: University of Tulsa – McFarlin Library Special Collections