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September Book Club

The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

The Burning:
Massacre, Destruction, and the
Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

by Tim Madigan


On the morning of June 1, 1921, a white mob numbering in the thousands marched across the railroad tracks dividing black from white in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and obliterated a black community then celebrated as one of America's most prosperous. 34 square blocks of Tulsa's Greenwood community, known then as the Negro Wall Street of America, were reduced to smoldering rubble.

And now, 80 years later, the death toll of what is known as the Tulsa Race Riot is more difficult to pinpoint. Conservative estimates put the number of dead at about 100 (75% of the victims are believed to have been black), but the actual number of casualties could be triple that. The Tulsa Race Riot Commission, formed two years ago to determine exactly what happened, has recommended that restitution to the historic Greenwood Community would be good public policy and do much to repair the emotional as well as physical scars of this most terrible incident in our shared past.

With chilling details, humanity, and the narrative thrust of compelling fiction, The Burning will recreate the town of Greenwood at the height of its prosperity, explore the currents of hatred, racism, and mistrust between its black residents and neighboring Tulsa's white population, narrate events leading up to and including Greenwood's annihilation, and document the subsequent silence that surrounded the tragedy.
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For more information contact:
Maureen Kinney


Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM  (This is 30 minutes earlier than usual!)

The September Book Club will meet in the roofed picnic shelter of Riverside International Friendship Gardens. If the shelter is not available, we will meet at the Gardens entryway to select a different spot in the park, so bring a chair.  If weather is severe, we will meet via Zoom.
PLEASE NOTE EARLIER TIME due to earlier sunset -- bring a light for safe walking during the semi-dark departure time.

All Participants should still Register!  Registrants will receive a backup Zoom link if the outdoor venue needs to be canceled.  They will also receive another timely email confirming whether or not the outdoor location is a "go."

Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
The September Book Club will meet in the roofed picnic shelter of the International Friendship Garde

Additional Info:
Book Club
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