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Deep Greenwood Recommended Reading Guide


Blood in Their Eyes: The Elaine Massacre of 1919 by Grif Stockley and Guy Lancaster

Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America by Cameron McWhirter

A History of the Ku Klux Klan in Oklahoma by Carter Blue Clark

Going Back to T-Town: The Ernie Fields Territory Big Band by Carmen Fields

They Came Searching: How Blacks Sought the Promised Land in Tulsa by Eddie Faye Gates

The Chitlin’ Circuit: And the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll by Preston Lauerbach

The Politics of Neglect: Urban Aid From Model Cities to Revenue Sharing by Bernard J. Frieden and Marshall Kaplan

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga Yamhatta Taylor

Hush, Somebody’s Callin’ My Name by Don Thompson

Behold the Walls by Clara Luper

His Name is George Floyd by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

Saying it Loud: 1966–The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement by Mark Whitaker

Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham


I Am Not Your Negro – 2016 documentary exploring James Baldwin’s ruminations on the Civil Rights Movement

Primary Sources

Tulsa World reports on “modern Ku Klux Klan” arriving in Tulsa on November 10, 1917 

Washington Rucker Oklahoma Voices interview – Oklahoma Historical Society

“In the Mood” – 1959 song by Greenwood musician Ernie Fields

The Night Beat: Saturday Fun at the Big 10” – Oklahoma Eagle, Sept. 22, 1955

Segregation By Design – Instagram account featuring remastered historic photos of the destruction of communities of color by redlining and urban renewal

Mapping Inequality – 1930s Redlining maps for cities across the United States, including Tulsa

Livestream of George Floyd Protests in Tulsa on May 30, 2020

Arrests Follow Tulsa’s First Rights DemonstrationOklahoma Eagle, April 2, 1964

Grant Recipients for U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Reconnecting Communities” Pilot Program

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