Fostering Hope

Tulsa World
October 24, 2010

Tulsa’s most acclaimed scholar and the city’s darkest moment share a common history – and now, a common ground. John Hope Franklin was 6 years old, getting ready to board a train in Rentiesville, when he learned of the calamity in Tulsa. His father, B.C. Franklin, had gone to Tulsa a few months earlier to establish a law practice. The rest of the family was to follow at the end of May. The riot of May 31 and June 1, 1921, delayed the move 4 1/2 years. Even then, Tulsa bore the physical and emotional scars of the rampage that destroyed most of the city’s segregated black neighborhood.On Wednesday, Tulsa will formally recognize both the riot and John Hope Franklin, a Booker T. Washington High School alumnus who went on to become one of America’s pre-eminent historians… Read More

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