Dec 9, 2021
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Dec 12, 2021

HISTORY/OURSTORY: The Trail to Tulsa

Conceived and Directed

by James E. Reynolds

a black arrow pointing downward

In this year marking the 100th anniversary of the 1921 TulsaRace Massacre, HISTORY/OUR STORY: The Trail to Tulsa revisits the violent destruction of the all-Black Greenwood section of the Oklahoma city and its thriving business district known as “The Black Wall Street.”The complicated and little-known history at the heart of HISTORY/OUR STORY:The Trail to Tulsa is, for better or worse, a truly American story.

Conceived and directed by James E. Reynolds, The Trail toTulsa is the second installment of HISTORY/OURSTORY, a town hall-stylepresentation series that weaves primary-source documents and historical texts with responses to those materials by artists using a variety of media.

HISTORY/OURSTORY directed by James E. Reynolds and presented by La MaMa as part of 400 Years of Inequity and Protest (2019)

Responses to HISTORY/OURSTORY

Your show was absolutely amazing, powerful, informative, fascinating, also sort of upsetting, yet deeply inspiring—both. Can it be showed again? It should be seen by everyone. — Christy P.

I really appreciated the significance of the selected moments in history, and the art of reaction. I definitely cried for Strange Fruit, as I’m sure everyone in the theater had as well. I can’t wait for your collection to continue on and reach a larger audience. I think everyone in this country needs to hear these words. — Kristin R.

Congratulations again on creating this new work and for providing new insight into our country’s fractured history. Staggering when you hear about it in its totality. — David B.

James E. Reynolds is a writer and teacher whose work has appeared in national and New York City publications, including Sports Illustrated, MONEY, and The New York Observer. He was the lead researcher on the HBO Sports’s Peabody Award-winning documentary series, Journey of the African American Athlete, which explored the intersection of athletic accomplishment and social change. In 2019, La MaMa presented Reynolds’ HISTORY/OURSTORY as part of the theater’s 1619 commemoration.

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