In June 2018, Oklahoma became the incarceration capital of the world. Oklahomans are proud, resilient, hopeful, resourceful and kind. We are not more criminal than the rest of the world. The combination of punitive, inequitable, and dehumanizing practices in our homes, schools, and justice system has lead us collectively to our present reality. The Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma (RJIOK) seeks to transform the retributive and inequitable culture of our state. RJIOK offers training in cultural competence and restorative practices designed with and for individuals, families, schools, and organizations to reduce trauma, dehumanization, and recidivism.
The transformation of our culture requires that we shift from authoritarian to authoritative with clear limits, accountability, and engagement. We must work with those human beings who have harmed or disrespected us or the rules toward an accountable solution that does not dehumanize.
The Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial National Day of Learning is a FREE and open to the public opportunity to engage in the history and scholarship surrounding the massacre, learn from a leading expert on racial historical trauma, and explore the continued impact of this unprecedented event in Oklahoma History. Sponsored by New York Life, title sponsor, and generous contributions from The Opportunity Project, and Ascension St. John.
All are invited to participate in an online National Day of Learning exploring the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre featuring keynote speaker Resmaa Menakem, New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. Resmaa is a visionary Justice Leadership coach, organizational strategist, and master trainer. Resmaa is a leading voice in today’s conversation on racialized trauma.