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'Focus: Black Oklahoma': anti-racist education, early AAPI migrants and a Tulsa arts organization

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This episode of Focus: Black Oklahoma features reports on leaders working to close gaps in anti-racist education, the history of Asian American and Pacific Islander migrants to Oklahoma, and an organization focusing on improving the lives of north Tulsa students.

In this installment, Lydia Jeong met with leaders who are closing gaps in anti-racist education by encouraging Oklahomans to talk about issues relating to race and discrimination. Her story has more about Aware Tulsa and University of Oklahoma’s Anti-Racist Rhetoric and Pedagogies seminar.

Next up, Anthony Cherry examines how most Oklahomans are unaware of the state’s early migrants from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. This often underrepresented community has long been a part of Oklahoma history.

In our third installment of Jamie Glisson's series exploring candidates running for political office across the state, she speaks with Congressional District 4 candidates incumbent Congressman Tom Cole and his opponent Mary Brannon.

Tulsa arts organization, A Pocket Full of Hope, makes big moves into a historic building so that youth can share the stage once graced by greats like Count Basie and Ray Charles. Jasmine Bivar-Tobie has details on how this organization continues to improve the lives of students in North Tulsa.

Finally, we have a story about father and son dynamics. They can be challenging, but when one adds girls and snakes, those dynamics can be humbling — especially for fathers. G.K. Palmer tells us his story about a kung fu snake.


Focus: Black Oklahoma is produced in partnership with KOSU Radio, 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 producers are Nick Alexandrov and Vanessa Gaona. Our production interns Perla Mauricio, Torren Doss, and Smriti Iyengar.

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