November 15, 2023

Oklahoma Is Not O.K.

by Not Past It

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On November 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th U.S. state. White settlers and certain American Indians united behind statehood, but another group of residents was skeptical. Black Americans. They worried statehood would lead to segregation. One Black tribal citizen, James Coody Johnson, set out to stop the creation of Oklahoma. The fight that unfolded forever changed Black Americans’ relationship with the tribes. This episode originally aired Nov. 16, 2022.

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