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'Focus: Black Oklahoma': new redistricting lines, death penalty, First Americans Museum

Jamie Glisson

Focus: Black Oklahoma has been selected to participate in the Advancing Democracy cohort with the Solutions Journalism Network, or SJN. Our series, "In A Confused State", will follow Oklahoma advocacy groups navigating new restrictions on freedoms in four areas: reproductive rights, voting laws, teaching history and direct action/activism. Continuing this series, we begin with Jamie Glisson exploring the impacts of the recent redistricting laws that continue to disenfranchise Black and Brown citizens. Next, contributor Devin Williams brings us more history and numbers on those still affected by the Oklahoma death penalty and what advocates hope to see after the high profile commutation of Julius Jones.

Carlos Moreno then shows us how the Buck Colbert Franklin Legal Clinic is keeping the spirit of the local trailblazer alive as North Tulsa welcomes the opening of the clinic, which is already connecting with the community in big ways.

The First Americans Museum celebrated its grand opening in September. Juddie Williams took a walk through to learn what the museum hopes to accomplish in representing Indigenous communities and sharing their values. Sondra Slade talks about the holidays and how food, especially this time of year, brings us together. Finally, we say goodbye and thanks to bell hooks, Eddie Faye Gates, and Greg Tate.

Focus: Black Oklahoma is produced in partnership with KOSU, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and Tri-City Collective. Additional support is provided by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies.

Our theme music is by Moffett Music.

Focus: Black Oklahoma’s executive producers are Quraysh Ali Lansana and Bracken Klar. Our associate producers are Nick Alexandrov and Vanessa Gaona. Our production intern is Smriti Iyengar.

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