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My biggest job now is helping
white people understand that

Black history is white history.
We cannot separate the two.

Mrs. Clara Luper, Oklahoman & Civil Rights Leader, 2016 Associated Press interview

What happened in 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma is our history as a city, a state, and a nation. It is not something that happened to a group of people that lived 100 years ago.  It happened to US – and it is still happening to US.

 

With this curriculum and with the help of the artists of the Fire in Little Africa album, we attempt to help current and future generations understand what occurred in 1921 Tulsa, what followed, where we are, and what the future holds.

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Fire in Little Africa:

The Curriculum 

A comprehensive curriculum suited for high school and college students and adheres to National and State Learning Standards in a variety of subject areas.

It is part of our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and providing learning & artistic opportunities outside the classroom for youth and adults.

 

 “My biggest job now is helping White people understand that Black history is White history. We cannot separate the two.” 
 
   Oklahoma’s most significant civil rights leader, the late Mrs. Clara Luper, in a 2016 Associated Press interview

What happened in 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma is our history as a city, a state, and a nation. It is not something that happened to a group of people that lived 100 years ago.  It happened to US – and it is still happening to US. Books have been written by historians that cover the facts of these events.  Community elders have spoken out and debated how to move forward and what reconciliation means.  Not until Fire In Little Africa (FILA) have we heard from the voices of the young artists raised on 100 years of this trauma. With this curriculum, FILA: The Wisdom, and with the help of the FILA artists, we attempt to help current and future generations understand what occurred in 1921 Tulsa, what followed, where we are, and what the future holds.
 
Many of the truths of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the most violent incidents of racist hatred in the nation’s history, were lost in the rubble of Black prosperity built in the face of Jim Crow laws and in the hundreds, if not thousands of lives buried in that debris. We lost, in eighteen hours of death, destruction and hate, at minimum seventeen years in time. It’s a gruesome, gaping hole in the story of Tulsa and the nation. 

This comprehensive curriculum is suited for high school and college students and adheres to National and State Learning Standards in a variety of subject areas. The lesson plans explore twelve of the 21 tracks on the album, with answer keys, a resource guide and interactive research links embedded in every lesson. Each lesson plan also includes teacher-friendly writing and discussion prompts, in addition to The FILA: The Wisdom curriculum was developed by Stevie “Dr. View” Johnson, Tri-City Collective and our FILA Curriculum team (Dr. Nick Alexandrov, Najah Amatullah-Hylton, Prof. Quraysh Ali Lansana and Prof. George Lee), all veteran teachers whose classroom experience spans from Pre-K to Ph.D. Tri-City Collective, Inc. was founded in 2016 by seasoned educators with a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and providing learning & artistic opportunities outside the classroom for youth and adults. 

This curriculum is to commemorate the ancestors that we lost, but also acknowledge the living ancestors that we are working to build up in this present moment: our children. 
 

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Books have been written by historians that cover the facts of these events.  Community elders have spoken out and debated how to move forward and what reconciliation means. Not until Fire In Little Africa (FILA) have we heard from the voices of the young artists raised on 100 years of this trauma.

With this curriculum, FILA: The Wisdom, and with the help of the FILA artists, we attempt to help current and future generations understand what occurred in 1921 Tulsa, what followed, where we are, and what the future holds.

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