COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — It had taken a decade for Brandon Tomas Tomas to establish a life in America: a wife, a steady job and five American-born children. It took 20 seconds for that life to be taken away.
For generations, children would play kickball, hide-and-seek and jump rope on a stretch of concrete at Weccacoe Playground, unaware the remains of 5,000 black Philadelphians were buried 18 inches beneath their feet. Now, a portion of that playground will become a memorial to the dead.
Tulsa is amid a renaissance that stands to elevate innovative ideas, cultures, perspectives and opportunities in ways that it hasn’t seen in decades.
After her brother’s death, Dr. Crutcher’s life, goals and priorities changed drastically.
The award-winning program serves 100 children each year and includes artists such as Dawn Tree, visual artist and Yusuf Etudaiye, pottery artist.
The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.
To be frank, it was the first reality check I received as student color, and the first time I’d be academically disfranchised. Moreover, for fear of being reprimanded and having my participation grade tampered, I dug deep; I seemingly tried burying my emotions, and so, I smiled. I pretended to be proud. I danced with cognitive dissonance. After all, I was still an American; right? But beneath my surface, bewilderment drowned my virgin spirit.