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Month: February 2018

Tulsa Race “Riot” Commission is causing division in Tulsa

When African-American leaders from North Tulsa echo white supremacy, it hurts the entire black community as a whole. 

Echoing white supremacy can be defined as reinforcing racist stigma or perpetuating racial falsehoods for the purpose of personal gain or out of plain ignorance. Unfortunately, this ignorance or unrighteous act is harmful for the community and the race. And the predicable, unpredictable-unforeseen damages to come will have a long-lasting impact into the future on Tulsa’s African-American community and other historic African-American towns across the nation. 

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My take on the Edison High School saga

As a former employee of the district, I’ve been watching the news coverage of the ongoing saga at Edison High School with the exasperated knowledge of a weathered insider. I also began to notice the massive amount of misinformation and misconceptions about what was really taking place there from outsiders and insiders of the city’s education sphere alike.

The Purposeful Silencing of Black Women in Educational Leadership 

“Aggressive.”

“Strong-willed.”

“Passionate.”

— have been words falsely labeled as simple descriptors when in actuality, they are evidence of the continued sexism and racism that plagues our society. Women in leadership have always faced adversity and are still seen as second-rate citizens in our country. We see this play out on a national level, but we also see this through daily interactions with those of privilege.

The Freedmen’s Bureau Bill Proposal​

Congressman Thaddeus Stevens offered an amendment to Freedmen’s Bureau bill authorizing the distribution of public land and confiscated land and to freedmen and loyal refugees in forty-acre lots. The measure was defeated in the House by a vote of 126 to 37. A black delegation, led by Frederick Douglas called on President Johnson and urged ballots for former slaves. Meeting ended in disagreement and controversy after Johnson reiterated his opposition to black suffrage.

Embrace Your Community – Dist. 1 Upcoming Events

“The new Dollar General on Pine will be opening within the next week or two. I am asking for your support in not shopping there. Continue to use the Dollar General on Peoria or the Family Dollar on Pine. Let’s shut them down! Withholding your dollars is better than any protest we could ever do. Make them hear you District 1! Shut it down!” – Dist. 1 Councilor Vanessa Hall-Haper

Tulsa Public Schools opens 2018-2019 pre-K enrollment on Monday, Feb. 5

TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Public Schools pre-kindergarten enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year will open on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at 8 a.m. Parents and guardians of children who will be four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018 are encouraged to enroll online at www.tulsaschools.org/enroll or in person at the district’s Enrollment Center at 2819 S. New Haven Ave. in Tulsa. All district pre-kindergarten programs are free and full-day.

Solutions to Culturally Specific Health Disparities Project Offers Solutions, Strategies for Those Living with Diabetes and Disabilities

On February 27, 2018, the Langston University Department of Rehabilitation Counseling in partnership with Tulsa Healthy Start and The Institute for Developing Communities will host the first in a series of workshops designed to assist those living with diabetes and the subsequent disabilities that impact many citizens suffering from chronic illnesses.