Real Talk: Voicing the Margins

Real Talk: Voicing the Margins is a series of curated live conversations on issues and topics of critical import to marginalized communities including but not limited to: People of Color, LGBTQA+, Non-neurotypical, and Economically Disadvantaged citizens. The series is intended to provide a platform and space for the voices of often voiceless people. The live conversations will feature a guest host/facilitator whom is an expert on the topic for that specific program. Two to four selected guests will engage with the facilitator in an informative and lively discussion on the topic in front of a live audience. Guests may also be creative artists and/or writers whom focus on the discussion topic. The last thirty minutes of each program will be allotted for feedback and questions from the audience. Links to the recorded programs can be found below or view them all here.

The Real Talk series is held the third Saturday of each month regularly at The Woody Guthrie Center located at 102 E. Reconciliation Way. This series is produced in partnership with the Woody Guthrie Center, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Folk Alliance International, The Black Wall Street Times, and Tri-City Collective. The series is curated by Tulsa Artist Fellow and Tri-City Collective member Quraysh Ali Lansana, Bracken Klar, & other Tri-City members.

Upcoming Real Talk Programs

TBD (COVID-19)- Community policing
TBD (COVID-19)- Eminent Domain
TBD (COVID-19)- Labor Works
TBD (COVID-19)- Money, What to Do with it When You Don’t Have Any

Previous Real Talk Programs

February 4, 2020 @ Jewish Federation of Tulsa 7:00p-9:00p
Comradeship of Excluded People: Blacks, Jews, and Civil Rights in Tulsa and Beyond
Hosted by Tri-City’s Bracken Klar, Director of Community Engagement for Tulsa Public Schools (he/him)
Panelists: Rabbi Marc Fitzerman of Congregation B’nai Emunah; Hannibal Johnson, Author, Historian, and Attorney; Andrew Spector, Leadership Tulsa, and; Dr. Jocelyn Payne, Historian, Educator, and former executive director of the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Center.

December 14, 2019 @ The Woody Guthrie Center 2:00p-4:00p
Women in Leadership: Deconstructed Glass
Hosted by Anissia West, M.Ed (she/her).
Panelists: Frances Fondren-Bales (she/her), Head of Upper School at Holland Hall, Rabbi Lillian Kowalski (she/her), MAJEd, MAHL, Master’s Concentration in Israel Education, Rabbi & Director of Education of Temple Israel, Member of Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN), & Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), & Kuma Roberts (she/her), Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Tulsa Regional Chamber.

National Day of Mourning: Thanksgiving as Native Genocide Day – November 16, 2019 @ Philbrook
Hosted by Tri-City’s Bracken Klar (he/him/his), Director of Community Engagement at Tulsa Public Schools.
Panelists: Apollonia Piña (she/her), Mvskoke, Tulsa Chapter Organizer of Matriarch, Auntie in the Auntie Project, Interdisciplinary Researcher, & Dr. Tryg Jorgensen, Choctaw/Inupiat.

Stay Out of My Vagina!: Women’s Reproductive Rights & Access – October 19, 2019 @ FlyLoft
Hosted by Arielle Davis, Focus: Black Oklahoma co-host and Tulsa Remote.
Panelists: Laura Bellis, Executive Director, Take Control Initiative, Susan Braselton, Volunteer Coordinator, Peaceful Presence/Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Kylie Shelley, Reproductive Rights Activist, Sex Worker’s Outreach Project, & Shannon Terry, Graduate Student/OU-Tulsa and Youth Advocate.

WOMEN!: The Power of Political Change – September 21, 2019 @ The Woody Guthrie Center
Hosted by Naomi Andrews.
Panelists: Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, Sache Primeaux-Shaw, chair of the Native Caucus and Vice-Chair of the Black Caucus of Young Dems of America, & Jasha Lyons Echo-Hawk, chair of the Native American Federation.

Teacher’s Lounge: A Dialogue about Education – August 17, 2019 @ The Woody Guthrie Center
Hosted by Josh Wann.
Panelists: Dr. Deborah Gist, Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent, Najah Hylton, Poet & Educator, Phetote Mshairi, Poet, Artist in the School, & Substitute.

Dreams Detained: Immigration & Human Rights – July 20, 2019 @ The Woody Guthrie Center
Hosted by Dani Rosales, Sociology PhD student at the University of Texas-Austin.
Panelists: Stephanie Maldonado, Senior at Holland Hall School, Rosa Hernandez, President of Dream Alliance Oklahoma – Tulsa, & Jorge Roman-Romero, Juris Doctor Candidate, TU Immigration Law Society: Co-President.
Curated by Tri-City member Bracken Klar.

Blacknificent!: Queer, Black, & Okie – June 16, 2019 @ The Woody Guthrie Center
Hosted by Alexis Walker, Queer Poet and Educator.
Panelists: Lincoln Cochran, Director of Communications for the Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association, Nehemiah Frank, Teacher and Publisher of The Black Wall Street Times, Denita White, Tulsa Public Schools Equity Specialist, Tizzi, Emcee and Poet, Avery Marshall, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa.
Curated by Tulsa Artist Fellow & Tri-City member Quraysh Ali Lansana.

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