Join us as we explore the legacies of resilience from the Underground Railroad era through the early 20th century. Prominent Black communities have played an instrumental role in the shaping of America’s complete narrative. Many of these communities thrived despite the social realities of violence and racism. From historic Little Africa along the banks of the Ohio River to the Greenwood District in Oklahoma, the accounts of perseverance challenges and inspires us to reflect on the triumph of the human spirit.
Our lecturer is Philip Keith Armstrong, an Ohio native living in Tulsa for 20+ years. He holds a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Akron. In 2019 he was hired by the Tulsa Community Foundation as Project Director for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission to lead all coordination for fundraising, educational curriculum, economic development initiatives and construction projects, namely, the building project of Greenwood Rising Black Wall Street History Center. In July 2021, he transitioned into a new role as interim executive director of Greenwood Rising Black Wall Street History Center. He is a Leadership Tulsa graduate, a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club of Tulsa and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.