A Thousand Thunderbolts: Commemorating the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

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Date/Time:Saturday, 24 Apr 2021 at 7:30 pm
Channel:Lecture Series
Categories:Arts, performances Lectures
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A live performance by the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst chapters of racial violence in the United States. Livestream details TBA.

The title of the concert is taken from a speech given by Black civil rights advocate Joseph C. Price in 1890 in Minneapolis, in which he wished for a thousand tongues, each representing a thousand thunderbolts, each representing a thousand voices, with which to advocate for the Black people of America. The concert will exclusively feature music written by Black composers from the United States, including Florence Price, George Walker, Mary Watkins, Jessie Montgomery, and William Grant Still. Each work will be preceded by a short video of a Black civil rights leader, icon, or advocate to illuminate the history and lasting effects of race relations in the United States from personal perspectives.