Victory of Greenwood: Dr. Olivia Hooker

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno In September 2018, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps recorded Dr. Olivia Hooker’s recollections about being the first Black woman admitted to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1945. She spoke about her worries as well… Read More

A Gaslit Century: The Journey Towards Justice for Greenwood

by Staff Writer Kolby Webster “Plaintiffs, Greenwood and North Tulsa residents and their descendants have experienced and continue to experience insecurity in their lives and property and their sense of comfort, health, and safety has been destroyed” is… Read More

Restricted by Generosity: Greenwood’s Battle Against Local Philanthropy’s Agenda

by Staff Writer Lindsay Myers “This is the compromise, the truce, distilled: Leave us alone in the competitive marketplace, and we will tend to you after the winnings are won. The money will be spent more wisely on… Read More

The Victory of Greenwood: Horace “Peg Leg” Taylor

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno It’s no exaggeration to say that no one in Greenwood’s history is more shrouded in myth and legend than Horace “Peg Leg” Taylor. He is said to have been a World War I… Read More

Myth of a Resilient Tulsa: The Problem with the Equality Indicators

by Staff Writer Torrel Miles Early February of this year, when questioned by a reporter from the Tulsa World on whether  the Equality Indicators were an “accurate representation of police use-of-force incidents within the department,” Major Wendell Franklin,… Read More

When Economic Development Only Benefits Some: Tulsa’s Struggle with Inequitable Economic Opportunity

by Staff Writer Lindsay Myers We often celebrate when large businesses and corporations are willing to establish roots in Tulsa. Of course, the benefits should not be overlooked because more business generates revenue for our local economy and… Read More

The Victory of Greenwood: Mabel B. Little

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno On a warm summer Tuesday evening on June 1st, 1971, dozens of parishioners and community members gathered at Mt. Zion Baptist Church to hear Mabel Little speak. W.D. Williams, son of John and… Read More

The Victory of Greenwood: Dr. A. C. Jackson

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno Every Tulsa historian would agree that among the most tragic of the deaths which occurred during the Race Massacre of 1921 was that of Dr. A.C. Jackson. The esteemed physician and surgeon was… Read More

Reparations: A Case for Financial Compensation for Black Americans

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde Reparations are, by definition, the act of putting into proper condition or repairing with either services or monetary support for destruction and/or loss inflicted upon a community of people or nation. Discussions concerning… Read More

The Victory of Greenwood: A. J. Smitherman

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno A.J. Smitherman is best known for being the founder of The Tulsa Star—Tulsa’s first black newspaper and the first black daily newspaper in the nation, according to his obituary in the Buffalo Evening… Read More

A National Travesty: A Comprehensive Summary of the 2001 Commission Report on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde Editor’s Note: The term “race riot” is used several times throughout this text when referring to the official name of the report. We at the Tulsa Star fully understand that the tragic events… Read More

Extractions, exploitation, destruction: How state-sanctioned disenfranchisement stunted Black wealth acquisition (Part 1 of 3)

by Contributing Writer Mana Tahaie Earlier this year, Tulsa Development Authority (TDA) once again came under scrutiny by Tulsans concerned about the displacement of Black North Tulsa residents. In March, City Councilor Vanessa Hall Harper warned residents of… Read More

Stolen

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde This evening, I have borrowed my tears from my ancestors. What has plagued my mother and haunts my father has fertilized the soil on which we stand.My feet meet the history of anguish… Read More