I hired my 13-year-old cousin to be a research assistant on my book. He's now a high school senior. We talked about all that he learned about race in…
After five years of research, I’m publishing my chronicle of the neighborhood that refused, more than once, to be erased

August 2022

Gray hairs and great expectations

March 2022

A popular gambling pastime known as the policy wheel dominated the economy of Depression-era Greenwood. Because it was criminalized, it also spawned…

February 2022

On the dangers of allowing historical figures to become symbols and sedatives
When the Great Depression gripped Tulsa in the early 1930’s, it squeezed black women the hardest

October 2021

A slightly new philosophy for Run It Back

June 2021

Remembrance helps individuals process trauma, but government officials should only engage in it if they're also willing to do the hard work of repair

May 2021

As an avalanche of commemoration events begin in Greenwood, the people who survived the attack await tangible forms of justice

April 2021

In 1925 Greenwood welcomed the nation's leading black entrepreneurs for a lavish convention to prove that the massacre had not destroyed their spirit.
Greenwood was not the only prosperous black business district in the early 20th century--not by a longshot

March 2021

A brief intermission