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"Freedom’s School" --- A New Documentary Film Profiling Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School

Aired on Tuesday, April 29th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Andrea Jobe, a local filmmaker whose latest offering is a 45-minute documentary about the history and development of Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and as Jobe tells us on today's program, her just-completed film profiles not just BTW but also the wider community of Tulsa. Thus "Freedom's School" presents several memorable glimpses into Tulsa's history; it's loaded with rare photos and archival footage of early-day Tulsa, the Greenwood neighborhood, the school itself, and the life and times of E.W. Woods, the educational visionary who founded the school and served as its principal for many years. "Freedom's School" will be screened tonight (Tuesday the 29th) at the Circle Cinema, which is near the corner of Admiral and Lewis in Tulsa. This screening is a fundraising event for BTW's programs and classes. The festivities begin at 6pm, the film starts at 6:30pm, and there will be a "Q&A" after the screening. You'll find more information about this film --- including a brief trailer that can be streamed on demand --- at this link from the Circle's website.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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