Attorney/author to discuss Tulsa Black Wall Street Massacre

Wayne State University Law School will present the online lecture “1921-2021: The Centennial Discussion on the Tulsa Black Wall Street Massacre” on Wednesday, June 16, from 7 to 9 p.m.

This online program will mark the centenary of the Tulsa Black Wall Street Massacre with attorney Hannibal B. Johnson, the author of ten books including “Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma” (2020).  A graduate of Harvard Law School, Johnson is an attorney and independent consultant specializing in diversity & inclusion/cultural competence issues and nonprofit governance, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma.  Johnson is an expert on the history of Tulsa’s African-American community. Noted nationally in the early twentieth century as a center of Black entrepreneurship, that community in 1921 suffered one of the most devastating racist assaults in American history.

Johnson will be interviewed in the first hour by Ollie Johnson, chair and professor of Wayne State University’s Department of African American Studies, and then joined in the second hour on a panel moderated by Peter Hammer, professor of law and director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, that will relate the experiences of Tulsa to those of Detroit. 

The panel will include:

• June Manning Thomas, the Mary Frances Berry Distinguished University Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, author of works such as the award-winning Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit (1997);

• Lauren Hood, MCD, founder of the Institute for AfroUrbanism, a community developer and equity facilitator who employs the strategies of storytelling, visioning and relationship building to addressing a community’s past harms, present needs, and future aspirations; and

• Baba Jamon Jordan, founder and director of the Black Scroll Network, a celebrated local historian who has served as President of the Detroit Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

To attend the online lecture, visit on June 16. Anyone with questions cant contact Teresa Wesolowski at


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