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Beyond ‘I Have a Dream’: Discussing Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this month’s Dismantling Racism discussion, TulsaKids Editor Betty Casey and OSU-Tulsa Professor Quraysh Ali Lansana will lead a discussion about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

They will be joined by Nekki Reagan-Neeley, Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement and Student Services at OSU-Tulsa, Reverend Dr. Robert R.A. Turner, pastor at Historic Vernon AME Church, and others. Nekki Reagan-Neeley also represents OSU-Tulsa on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Society.

Watch the discussion on Facebook Live – it will broadcast from the OSU-Tulsa Facebook page and be shared to the TulsaKids Magazine Facebook page. We welcome you to participate in the discussion by adding questions and comments in the comment section of the live video.

About Reverend Dr. Robert R.A. Turner:

Rev. Dr. Robert Richard Allen Turner is a millennial who is passionate about his calling to serve this “present age” by speaking truth to power, and by following the Word as printed in Isaiah 61 to “preach good tidings to the poor…heal the brokenhearted…proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” Currently, Dr. Turner is the pastor of Historic Vernon A.M.E. Church, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which has the only edifice which survived the 1921 Race Massacre on Greenwood. Additionally, Dr. Turner is now the Academic Dean for Jackson Theological Seminary, in Little Rock Arkansas. He sits on the National African American Reparations Commission, Board of Trustees for the American Village, the 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission, Tulsa Mass Graves Oversight Commission, President of the Historic Greenwood Main Street District, the Board of Directors for the Grit for Democracy, Terence Crutcher Foundation, North Tulsa Task Force, Demanding a Just Tulsa, and the Advisory Board of the Blackburn Institute of the University of Alabama and the chairperson of the board for the Turner Ministry Association 501(c)3. Learn more at http://robertturnerministries.net/about.

About Nekki Reagan-Neeley:

Nekki Reagan-Neeley is a native Tulsan; born and raised in North Tulsa. She is a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. She holds degrees from Tulsa Junior College, Northeastern State University, and the University of Oklahoma. She currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Community Engagement Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. She is also an adjunct professor of Communications at Tulsa Community College and serves as a board member on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society.

About Quraysh Ali Lansana:

Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of twenty books in poetry, nonfiction and children’s literature. Lansana is a Tulsa Artist Fellow, Writer in Residence and Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, and a former faculty member of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Juilliard School. Lansana is executive producer of KOSU/NPR’s Focus: Black Oklahoma, and his forthcoming titles include Those Who Stayed: Life in 1921 Tulsa After the Massacre and Opal’s Greenwood Oasis. He is a member of Tri-City Collective.

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