This month, we – Clarice and Kwami Abdul-Bey – and our son, Lorne, had the chance to record our vlog live for Arkansas PBS from Tulsa, Oklahoma. We were visiting there for the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 from May 31 – June 1. In addition to bearing witness to this solemn anniversary, we were also there to learn and document the centennial and network with other organizations whose advocacy is centered around racial, restorative and transformative justice. Please, click on this link to learn more about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and how the Greenwood community is remembering their lived histories: greenwoodrising.org.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Tulsa Race Massacre – in case you missed its broadcast Monday – PBS is sharing “Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten” for online streaming here and in the PBS Video App. This documentary takes a closer look at one of the most horrific incidents of racial violence in American history and considers the shocking murders and arson’s connections to more recent incidents of social injustice, such as the murder of George Floyd in May 2021.
Speaking of lived history and honoring the past, present and future generations of survivors of racial terror: the Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement (APJMM)/ Pulaski County Community Remembrance Project and the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), will hold a memorial marker ceremony recognizing the 1927 lynching of John Carter in Little Rock, Arkansas. Join us Sunday, June 13, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Haven of Rest Cemetery. This event is free and open to the public. If you can’t attend in person, you can also join us for live viewing at APJMM.org or on the Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement Facebook page.
This year, the EJI Pulaski County Community Remembrance Project essay contest was open for submissions from the end of April to June 1. It is held in direct connection to the memorial marker ceremony recognizing John Carter’s lynching, and the student whose essay is chosen by EJI will not only read it at the ceremony but will also receive a scholarship of up to $5,000. While this post is going live after the contest date, we will have other opportunities for students to get involved in racial healing and restorative justice year-round. Be sure to keep an eye on our website for more!
Clarice and Kwami are the co-directors of the Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective and co-convenors of the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement. They have agreed to join the Arkansas PBS family as monthly vloggers that share their informed opinions on current events and PBS PBS shares select community content and events from partners across the state. While this content meets our editorial guidelines, views and opinions belong solely to the community partner providing the content.
To learn more about the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement backstory, check out the October 2020 issue of Little Rock Soiree Magazine and the Healing Together episode of the Southern Inspirations podcast. To learn more about Rosanne Cash's APJMM connection, read the "Taking A Stand" article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Also, check out the APJMM YouTube Channel.