StudioTulsa
2:55 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

"Apartheid in Indian Country? Seeing Red Over Black Disenfranchisement"

Over the past four decades, the efforts of the Cherokee Freedman to gain full tribal rights within the Cherokee Nation have, by turns, burned or simmered, so to speak; today, this issue is now being pushed back and forth in our federal court system. On this installment of ST, a review of such matters as we welcome back to our program Hannibal B. Johnson, a Tulsa-based author, attorney, and human-rights activist. Johnson tells us about his new book, "Apartheid in Indian Country? Seeing Red Over Black Disenfranchisement," which traces the vast, intricate, and still-unfolding relationship --- in Indian Territory, in Oklahoma Territory, and thereafter in the State of Oklahoma --- between people of African ancestry (a/k/a Freedmen) and the so-called Five Civilized Tribes (including, of course, the Cherokees). The book is also, more generally, a detailed history of race in our state --- and an interesting inquiry into how race itself is understood or defined (that is, personally, socially, culturally, and legally). Johnson will be reading from, and signing copies of, this book on Saturday the 16th, from 1pm till 3pm, at the Rudisill Regional Library here in Tulsa. For more information, you can contact the library directly via this website.

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