Dismantling Racism: A Toolkit for Parents

Join TulsaKids and OSU-Tulsa for a Facebook Live Series with Quraysh Ali Lansana
Dismantling Racism Fall 2020

In August, Quraysh Ali Lansana, a poet and professor at OSU-Tulsa, joined TulsaKids Magazine for a weekly Facebook Live series designed to help parents understand systemic racism and and how to address it with their children. OSU-Tulsa and TulsaKids Magazine rebooted the Dismantling Racism series in October 2020 as a monthly series. Watch past videos and learn about upcoming events below.

Watch upcoming live streams on OSU-Tulsa‘s or TulsaKids Magazine‘s Facebook page.

Past Events:

Session 1: Racism 101

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 12 p.m.
This session will provide an overview of systemic racism, white privilege and anti-racism.

Session 2: Teens Talk about Racism

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 12 p.m.
Quraysh Ali Lansana will be joined by a small group of teenagers from different schools and backgrounds, who will discuss their experiences and understanding of racism.

Session 3: Racism Toolkit

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 12 p.m.
This session will present practical approaches to addressing systemic racism with your kids using art, games, curriculum and other resources.

What’s At Stake? Diversity and the Election

Quraysh Ali Lansana and Betty Casey moderate a panel discussing the upcoming election and how it will affect the lives of local families. Panelists include Andee Cooper, who has a son with disabilities; Hannah Middlebrook, who has a transgender daughter; and K. Luna, a Latina college student. Watch this informative discussion here.


Upcoming Events:

National Day of Mourning: What You Don’t Know About Thanksgiving

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 12 p.m.

Quraysh Ali Lansana and Betty Casey will be joined by members of the Native American community.

It’s Not Just Christmas: Honoring All Holidays

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 12 p.m.

Local religious leaders will join Quraysh Ali Lansana and Betty Casey in discussing representation during the holiday season.

About the Panelists: 

Dr. Allen Culpepper: Dr. Allen Culpepper is an associate professor of English and coordinator of the Honors Program at Tulsa Community College. He is also coordinating the Religious State of the 918 religious-diversity project funded by Oklahoma Humanities and the Tulsa Community College Foundation.  Culpepper has a Ph.D. from the University of Tulsa, an M.A. from the University of West Florida, and a B.A. from the University of Alabama, in his native state. At TCC, he teaches composition, British literature, and creative writing. He is a peer reviewer for Whale Road Review, an online journal based in San Diego; one of the founding faculty advisors for Tulsa Review, TCC’s online journal of the literary and visual arts; and the author of a poetry blog, Poetry When It Comes. He is possessed by two cats, likes to draw cartoon opossums, and is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where he occasionally serves as a lector and substitute musician.


Dismantling Racism: Online Toolkit for Parents

Along with these three sessions, you can find a Dismantling Racism: Toolkit for Parents online at tulsakids.com. We will provide resources such as books and activities that parents will be able to access at any time, as well as information about the value of a more diverse & inclusive curriculum and how art can be used with kids to help understand difference.

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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