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Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre



by
Brandy Colbert

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Balzer + Bray
ISBN
9780063056664
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: Strong Violence , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion
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Award-winning author Brandy Colbert arrives with a bold, unflinching, unforgettable new work of nonfiction that tells the story of one of the most deadly and destructive acts of racial violence in American history: the 1921 destruction of the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, commonly known as the Tulsa Race Massacre.

In the early morning of June 1, 1921, a white mob marched across the train tracks in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and into its predominantly Black Greenwood District—a thriving, affluent neighborhood known as America's Black Wall Street. They brought with them firearms, gasoline, and explosives. In a few short hours, they'd razed thirty-five square blocks to the ground, leaving hundreds dead. The Tulsa Race Massacre is one of the most devastating acts of racial violence in US history. But how did it come to pass? What exactly happened? And why are the events unknown to so many of us today?

These are the questions that award-winning author Brandy Colbert seeks to answer in this searing nonfiction account of the Tulsa Race Massacre. In examining the tension that was brought to a boil by many factors—white resentment of Black economic and political advancement, the resurgence of white supremacist groups, the tone and perspective of the media, and more—a portrait is drawn of an event singular in its devastation, but not in its kind. It is part of a legacy of white violence that can be traced from our country's earliest days through Reconstruction, the civil rights movement in the mid-twentieth century, and the fight for justice and accountability Black Americans still face today.

The Tulsa Race Massacre has long failed to fit into the story Americans like to tell themselves about the history of their country. This book, ambitious and intimate in turn, explores the ways in which the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre is the story of America—and by showing us who we are points to a way forward.Bibliography. “Source List.” Index. Black-and-white photographs.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: Strong Violence , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

976.6

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2022

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Topics

Twentieth-century US history. Civil rights. Human rights. Tulsa, Oklahoma. African American people. Black people. African American neighborhoods. Prejudice and racism. Tulsa Race Massacre, 1921. Riots. 

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