One hundred years ago, in the wake of the Tulsa Race Massacre, wealthy African Americans from Oklahoma joined Little Liberia, an economic opportunity to improve the lives of African Americans in the U.S. through economic advancement in Mexico. They also created a sister organization, the International Community Welfare League, that sought to combat White supremacy, which they identified as a main culprit for racial inequality in the U.S and in the hemisphere.
The Underground Railroad Education Center is set to continue it’s LibertyCon 2021 Zoom Series on June 26th, from 3 to 4:30 pm, with Laura Hooton, PhD presenting “African Americans Fighting White Supremacy in the Wake of the Tulsa Massacre.” This presentation will discuss the Tulsa Massacre, Little Liberia, the League, and consider the role of multiracial organizing with African Americans at the center as a means to combat White Supremacy.
Laura Hooton, PhD, is Assistant Professor of American History at The United States Military Academy at West Point. She is interested in race, ethnicity, and identity in North America, especially combining African American history and Black studies with borderlands history. She also studies migration and immigration, especially from the perspective of comparative race and ethnicity and social movements.
Dr. Hooton leads the Black History at West Point project. She also published a module on comparative immigration in the Southwest for West Point. Currently Dr. Hooton is working on two books. Her first monograph tells the history of Little Liberia, a social movement that began in 1918 as an African American agricultural community in Baja California started by Black Los Angelenos. The movement, in its ten-year history, grew into a movement for political, social and economic change in the United States and Mexico, including the creation of a sister organization to combat White Supremacy in North America in the wake of the Tulsa Race Massacre. She is co-authoring the revised edition of Almost All Aliens, a large-scale telling of comparative United States immigration, race, and ethnicity history.
Upcoming LibertyCon 2021 presentations include “Racist Violence is as American as Cherry Pie” on July 24th; “Food Justice: Hunger, Child Poverty and Farming while Black” on August 21st; “Destined to engage and collaborate: Examining the Social/Political Dynamics of Native Americans and African Americans in the United States” on September 25th; “Building Community through Free Black Migration before the Civil War” on October 23rd; and “Native American Lives Matter” on November 27th.