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From Marlin Lavanhar, a Tulsa Minister and Activist: A Series of Cartoons about the Race Massacre

Illustration by Marlin Lavanhar (via The Black Wall Street Times)
Aired on Wednesday, May 12th.

On this edition of ST, we're pleased to speak with Marlin Lavanhar, a Unitarian Universalist minister who's been based at All Souls Church here in Tulsa since 2000. A longtime social justice activist and tireless human rights advocate, Lavanhar recently launched a series of editorial cartoons focused on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre -- and on the urgent need for reparations to be conveyed to those directly affected by this vast, tragic, century-old crime. The series -- titled "Is The World On Fire?" -- will offer 31 cartoons in all, with one illustration being released each day throughout the month of May in The Black Wall Street Times (thereby leading up to the 100th anniversary of the massacre). As Lavanhar noted in a short essay when the series first appeared: "The images seek to challenge, disrupt, engage, and inform the public by bringing to the surface truths and perspectives that are rarely discussed in cross-racial conversations. Issues such as the impact of the massacre on children, and the role of religion in the events and their aftermath, become immediate and accessible in a way that leverages the unique capacities of cartooning as a medium of communication."

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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