Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Results of the 90-day challenge addressed to the citizens of Tulsa hopes of healing history


At the last plenary session of the conference on equitable governance for human security in July, a challenge was launched to participants: 90 days of action for the recovery of the story. Members of a delegation from Tulsa, Oklahoma in the United States, who came to talk between other demonstrations against racial segregation and violent repression that took place in Tulsa in 1921 ( "The Tulsa Race Riots) accepted the challenge. Participants were asked what they could do to promote peace in their own communities during the 90 days that follow their experience in Caux.


Four of the nine members of the delegation of Tulsa began to gather around a meal, as they had done in Caux, to discuss lessons learned from the conference. They spoke of the need for a sincere and open dialogue within their community about "Rave Tulsa Riots" to heal the wounds of a community torn apart by racism. Many residents were affected by the riots, and fled elsewhere in the United States and even into Canada.


The members of the delegation agreed that the first step towards reconciliation is an informal forum similar to the morning plenary conference in Caux. They decided to share with members of their community in their experiences and encounters that they had lived in Caux hoping to get their inspiration. The seed was already planted in their community through this open and honest dialogue about a horrible event in the history of their city, which had rarely been discussed for decades.


The forum, entitled "Why race relations in Tulsa are they important to the world? "" The healing of history, an African American Experience "held Thursday, September 15 at the Tulsa Historical Society. More than 125 members of the community attended, whites and African Americans. The forum began with a speech by Michelle Place, the director of the Historical Society of Tulsa, who noticed that the centenary of the riots of 1921 approach in less than five years, and this aroused a growing international interest in Tulsa, and even the possibility a Hollywood filming the incident. According to Michelle, "It is important that Tulsa sharing with the world what she did right, and what she did wrong at that time and since. It is also important that we, the citizens of Tulsa are able to tell our own story. We can not tell our story to inspire others and the world if we do not talk about us. "


The members of the delegation want this forum to be the first of many discussions on open and honest relationship s racial and wound healing of the community. They plan an open dialogue in the northern region of Tulsa, often racially isolated area of the city. Since returning from Caux, the delegation members build relationships with the predominantly African-American community in these neighborhoods. They joined Michelle Place and Tulsa Historical Society to document the evidence recorded African American survivors of the riots. Michelle Latimer Place and Alesia Clement, who did not know before meeting in Caux, got together to engage all members of the community and invite them to share their testimony. The two women decided to join forces in this effort of rapprochement and reconciliation in their communities.


Shontaye Abegaz


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