50th anniversary of Sidney Poitier’s directorial debut film plus Q&A with Autumn Brown, PhD (educator and OSU research professional) and Devin Williams (reporter, Focus: Black Oklahoma). Come early for live music in the lobby with DJ XTINA starting at 6:30p made possible with support from Play Tulsa Music.
Referenced in Jordan Peele’s latest “Nope,” Sidney Poitier directs and stars as a Civil War veteran turned trail-guide helping freed slaves find homes in the West. Learn why this film is important and relevant to today at a special one-night-only 50th anniversary screening.
Autumn Brown earned her Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education at Oklahoma State University. Her dissertation was an educational biography about Civil Rights leader and teacher activist Clara Luper. She is a research professional at OSU with the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP) in the Edmon Low Library. In addition to her faculty role at Oklahoma State she is the lead researcher on the Eddie Faye Gates Tulsa Race Massacre collection for the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum. Additionally, at the Gilcrease Museum Autumn is also a research development consultant with the interpretive planning team.
Devin Williams is a reporter and segment producer for the the nationally recognized, award winning BIPOC led radio news program Focus: Black Oklahoma . A Texas native, he moved to the Tulsa region in 2013. The community in Northeast Oklahoma welcomed him to become an active participant in its call for change. Devin is a social and political activist who believes in creating equity for all marginalized people, especially Black People. He is passionate about speaking unapologetically about the evils of the Patriarchy and White Supremacy. He is not concerned with creating safe spaces for whiteness or engaging in “Respectability Politics”. Devin is also a huge nerd and avid consumer of anime and Black media.