TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa-based John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation's fourth annual symposium on bringing races together in America is about to begin.
The event runs Wednesday through Friday in downtown Tulsa and will focus on how addressing racial reconciliation issues could contribute to social, economic and political stability.
The symposium is named after John Hope Franklin, a pioneering scholar of American history and African-American studies who worked on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that outlawed public school segregation.
On this edition of ST, an engaging discussion about race- and economic-based differences in America today --- and about how we as a nation ought to address these differences. Our guest is Peter Edelman, an attorney, policy maker, author, and Georgetown University law professor.
Last week, the nonprofit John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation released a survey of Tulsa residents' views on race relations. This survey was called for, and completed, before the recent (and perhaps racially motivated) shootings in North Tulsa in the pre-dawn hours of Good Friday --- but it's hardly surprising that, given the shocking tragedy of those violent acts and the coincidental appearance of this new survey, people throughout our community are speaking about issues of race with a candor that seems, in many cases, as rare as it is welcome.