Q&A with Don Ross

Journalist, state legislator and civil rights leader speaks candidly about how far we've come — and how far we still have to go.



Don Ross

 

Don Ross can trace his ancestry to the Trail of Tears through a family tree of both Native American and African-American lineages. His efforts to honor the past while striving to improve race relations have shaped his life’s work as a journalist, state legislator and civil rights leader.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, newspaper columnist and entrepreneur, Ross served from 1983-2003 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives while advocating for monumental racial change in his hometown of Tulsa and communities across the country.

Among his many career highlights, he is known for convincing Oklahoma to become the first Southern state to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds in 1989. The father of six also was a key leader in the development of Tulsa’s Greenwood Cultural Center and the Black Wall Street Memorial and in the city’s acknowledgment of the 1921 Race Massacre.



Where did you go to school/university? Why? 

I attended grade school in Vinita. I was born in Tulsa, but after my parents divorced, my grandma invited us to live with her in Vinita. I am convinced my time there framed my views on race and white people. There was no playground equipment at our school while the yard at the white school, in the middle of the black community, had everything. On evenings and weekends, we played on the white schoolyard, and when police passed they would chase us off. One time they loaded us in squad cars with the red lights blinking and a siren screaming. The cops took us home and reported the crimes to our folks. My grandma told us “to leave white folks’ stuff alone.” Afterward, we took turns watching for the cops.

I went to George Washington Carver Middle School and Booker T. Washington High School (in Tulsa). I studied journalism for my bachelor’s degree and for my master’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma (formerly Central State University).

What was one of your most defining moments in life? 

While in Air Force basic training, our troop was evenly split between blacks and whites. Most of the blacks were from the North and West, and most of the whites were, like me, from the South. Both groups liked me, and they elected me barrack’s chief. I was in charge when the training instructor was gone, and he told me to have the troop name the flight. The North and West group came up with a name honoring the Yankees, and the Southern boys’ name honored the Confederacy. The vote was tied, so I had to decide the winner. In high school, Civil War history was my favorite subject, but what I didn’t know was that the Oklahoma history books favored the South. I stood and loudly sided with the Southern group and felt good that whites applauded my vote.

That night, the USO sponsored a dance and before the band started, my best buddy asked me outside. For the next 15 minutes, he gave me two black eyes, a broken nose and busted lip. I was taught the Northern version of the Civil War and was now convinced that Robert E. Lee should have been hung. After learning what had happened, the training instructor changed the name of the group to something we could all agree on. It united the airmen and our troop won most of the competitions on base.

Incidentally, that guy who asked me outside was best man at my wedding, and we still talk after nearly 60 years.

What age do you feel right now and why? 

I’m 77. I feel even older than I am — and that’s old. I’ve had several health reversals, and everything hurts.

How would your friends describe you? 

I think they would say I have a sense of humor and that I speak forthrightly. I was deeply committed to civil rights and will challenge wrong. My ex-wife, a wonderful woman, is my best friend, and she thinks I’m irritating.

What would people be surprised to know about you? 

I love to cook, have written two books and appeared on “60 Minutes,” the “Today” show and many other talk shows. Time Magazine (quoted late syndicated columnist Art Buchwald who) called me one of the best humorists in the nation, and Art was a friend and among my best fans.

As a state legislator, you helped introduce a bill to create the Oklahoma Commission to study the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. How did you first learn about the massacre, and what inspired you to do the research on it? 

I was a sophomore in high school and enrolled in the yearbook class. The teacher was W.D. Williams, a great friend of mine, who said a yearbook is not the history of a school but the history of the community. He went on to say there was a race riot in 1921 that killed as many as 300 and burnt down the town. I literally called him a liar. He showed me all of these photos from albums he owned. I had never heard about the riot, and ever since then I’ve had an interest in it.

What are some of your other hobbies? 

I don’t fit any black stereotypes. I can’t sing, dance or play basketball. If it wasn’t for my skin color, I could be white. Other than studying and writing about history, my hobbies are limited. Thirty years ago, I bought a set of golf clubs and took lessons. I found it boring, and the clubs are now collecting dust in my garage.

If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be? 

The Middle Passage: the pain and agony of hundreds of slaves cramped in the hull of a ship in the heat and cold. Throwing oneself overboard was a better option than living, and only the strong survived. As a descendant of those survivors, I feel I’m more empowered than those who came on the Mayflower. The indignities blacks face today should remind us that hope is a sustaining force.

What was a “worst time” and how did you pull through it? 

It was the death of one of my sons, Curtis, from diabetes. He was a senior at Oklahoma State University, scheduled to graduate in two months. He was handicapped and was an inspiring and incredible child. While I love all my children, Curtis was special. He had planned to attend University of California, Los Angeles for his master’s degree. I was attending law school at the University of Tulsa. When he died, it affected me so much I never returned to TU. I’ve never gotten over his death. I discussed it with a physician friend who told me that even after all these years, I am still grieving.

What concerns you today? 

Donald John Trump. I was a part of the Civil Rights Movement and witnessed the change it brought. I was one of Lyndon B. Johnson’s affirmative action successes — the first black baker at Wonder Bread in Oklahoma, the second black in management of a daily metropolitan newspaper (Gary Post-Tribune in Gary, Indiana) and a couple of other firsts. In the ’60s, I was convinced that a colorblind society was possible. I was even more hopeful with the election of President (Barack) Obama. With Trump, I fear my grandchildren will face more hardships than I can imagine.

Who are some other persons you revere or who have influenced you? 

There are many: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Marian Wright Edelman, Sen. Robert Kennedy,Gov. Henry Bellmon, Tulsa Mayor Robert J. LaFortune, Norma Eagleton and, more recently, John McCain.

How do you measure success? 

To have an idea or vision and recruit others to assist you in making it happen — then turn it loose and develop other projects and repeat the same. Let history decide who gets the credit.

What is a favorite Tulsa memory? 

The Civil Rights Movement of the city, when a significant number of blacks and whites felt compelled to do something about racial inequity. After all these years, I still remember many of their names and look upon them with great fondness.

Describe a perfect weekend in Tulsa or elsewhere. 

A weekend in New York, Paris, Denver, London and anywhere in Italy or Greece doing what tourists do — restaurants, museums, historical landmarks and just watching people.

What place in Tulsa do you miss the most? 

Greenwood Avenue and the Black Wall Street of America that I knew as a teenager. Black businesses lined the mile-long avenue with hundreds of people parading up and down. Men and women working for rich white folks had Thursdays off, and they dressed in their best to shop the businesses. The smell of barbecue pushed through the air, and restaurants competed for the best soul food in town.

What have been the most significant changes you’ve experienced in Tulsa? Do we still have work to do? 

I have traveled all over the world, and Denver is about the only other place I would live besides Tulsa. It feels good to see black professionals and others climbing the ladder of success. The Greenwood Cultural Center, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Black Wall Street Memorial and John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park were all developed by blacks.

I love Tulsa. I’m comfortable here. It’s a great place to raise a family, and it’s easy to get around. Is it racist? Yeah, but show me a place that isn’t.

 

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Tulsa, OK  74146
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Sponsor: Camp Fire Green Country
Telephone: 918-592-2267
Contact Name: Colleen Mansur
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The Peggy V. Helmerich Women's Health Center presents the eighth annual Tatas & Tinis on behalf of Oklahoma Project Woman. OPW provides no cost mammography, diagnostic procedures and...

Cost: $75

Where:
Agora Event Center
1402 S. Peoria Ave.
Suite 200
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Project Woman
Telephone: 405-255-5579
Contact Name: Sammi Payne
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $39.50-$59.50

Where:
Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Four Aces Tavern
11035 E 41st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $47-$197.50

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Brady Theater
105 W Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK
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Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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The Pulitzer-winning author will discuss her new book on being a grandmother, Nanaville.

Cost: $30 for two tickets + 1 hardcover book

Where:
Congregation B'Nai Emunah
1719 S Owasso Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Paintings by Tulsa Artist Fellow Yatika Fields.

Where:
Joseph Gierek Fine Art
1342 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Join us as we bring together our community to celebrate the profound leadership of educators working to expand educational opportunity for all children in Tulsa. The Rise & Shine Education...

Cost: 25

Where:
Helmerich Center
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
TULSA, OK  74127
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The official kickoff party of the 46th annual Tulsa Designer Showcase benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. This year the Designer Showcase transforms the historic Harwelden Mansion and will...

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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The MOW Mixer 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 26 Hyatt Regency Downtown The MOW Mixer is a festive evening of dining, dancing, and celebration. After dinner, wander over to the room that fits your mood....

Cost: $175

Where:
Hyatt Regency Downtown
100 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa
Telephone: 918-627-4105
Contact Name: Terrie Winship
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A one-of-a-kind fundraiser for Tulsa Botanic Garden, Botanical - ‘A Weekend of Culinary Wonder’ is a 3-day exploration of the way food, drink, and the land intersect. Each year is based on a...

Cost: $1500 per person

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.
Tulsa , OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Jane Dunbar
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Will Rogers Movie Night, Will Rogers Memorial, Claremore, doors open 6:30 p.m., movie begins 7 p.m. Admission free, free popcorn and drink, show of Will Rogers in “Conneticut Yankee.” Visit...

Cost: Free

Where:
Will Rogers Memorial Museum
1720 W. Will Rogers
Claremore, OK
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Get ready for Havana Nights, the 7th annual Operation ART gala event at the Mayo Hotel.   Guests will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and live Latin style entertainment and have the opportunity to...

Cost: 125

Where:
The Mayo Hotel
115 WEST 5TH STREET
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Operation Aware
Telephone: 918-582-7884
Contact Name: Jennifer Barnett
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Celebrating craft cocktails, craft beer, and craft-making.

Where:
Gilcrease Museum
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Cost: $30-$45

Where:
Osage Casino Tulsa - Skyline Event Center
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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41 Brookside
4131 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Bull and Bear Tavern
5800 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Cabin Boys Brewery
1717 E 7th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Collins Family Softball Complex
680 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Retro Grill & Bar
800 N Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Starlite
1902 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8-$10

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Browse dozens of exhibits and attractions including a Tiny Home Town and market.

Where:
Expo Square - RiverSpirit Expo
4145 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Rabbit Hole Improv
1526 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Priscilla Shirer Simulcast We invite you to join Bible teacher, Priscilla Shirer for a Bible teaching event!  Women will gather from all around the Tulsa area for this one-day teaching and...

Cost: $35.00 until April 19th

Where:
St. James Church
5050 E. 111th Street
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Sponsor: St. James Church
Telephone: 918-299-1133
Contact Name: Robyn
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Challenge Air provides 30 minute flights for special needs children (ages 7-21) for FREE. The families attend a short ground school before going up on their flight and when they return, the pilot...

Cost: Free to those signed up.

Where:
R.L. Jones Airport, hosted by Riverside Tulsa Tech
801 E. 91st St.
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Challenge Air
Telephone: 918-408-6379
Contact Name: Tricia Horn
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Please join us on April 27, 2019, for our annual Family History Conference. This is a great opportunity for hobbyists and experts alike to improve research skills and to get to know fellow...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
12110 E 7th St
Tulsa, OK  74128
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Sponsor: Tulsa Family History Center
Telephone: 918-938-5901
Contact Name: Cathy Hall
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Come join us at Mohawk Park on April 27th as Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic hosts the By Your Side 5K. Parkside’s By Your Side Run promotes physical fitness, and all proceeds will...

Cost: varies by event

Where:
Mohawk Park
near shelter #3
5701 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK  74115
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Sponsor: Parkside Psychiatric Hospital
Telephone: 918-588-8826
Contact Name: Eric Sachau
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The Orbit Initiative, produced by The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust, resumes its FREE community satellite adventures at seven local community centers this Saturday, January 12th, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various
Various
Tulsa, OK  Various
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Sponsor: The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust
Telephone: 918-596-7119
Contact Name: Jeremy Stevens
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April 27, 2019 March for Babies at the University of Tulsa 9:00am-1:00 March with us to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Because when a society supports every family, we...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Univeristy of Tulsa
2933 E 6th St,
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: March of Dimes
Telephone: 918-407-2332
Contact Name: Jenny Thai
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The official kickoff party of the 46th annual Tulsa Designer Showcase benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. This year the Designer Showcase transforms the historic Harwelden Mansion and will...

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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Take Advantage of BBB's "Secure Your ID" Day! Did you know that protecting your identity is largely in your own hands? The number of identity fraud victims increased by eight percent in 2017....

Cost: Free

Where:
Shredder's Inc.
635 W 41st St.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Better Business Bureau
Telephone: 918-492-1266
Contact Name: Shannon Spainhour
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Building Stronger Communities Presents Across the Lifespan: Alzheimer’s – A community health crisis Tulsa, OK – Building Stronger Communities will present Across the lifespan:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tulsa Central Library - Pocahontas Room
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Building Stronger Communities
Telephone: 918-200-2635
Contact Name: Liz Wright

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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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We are a chapter of an organization that began with the grassroots efforts of Marjorie Guthrie, wife of Woody Guthrie. Woody passed away from complications of Huntington’s disease (HD) and an...

Cost: $25.00 per ticket

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Join us we celebrate the release of Quraysh Ali Lansana's first new and collected poems, the skin of dreams. Readings from the book, DJ, and book signing. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Archer Studios
109 N MLK, Jr Blvd
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: The Calliope Group/Tulsa Artist Fellowsip/Tri-City Collective
Telephone: 785.826.7681
Contact Name: Shawn Crawford
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A dance performance that epitomizes the subliminal relationship between a man trapped in trying circumstances with nature as his only companion. “The yearning of the human mind to find true...

Cost: $25-$35

Where:
John Williams Theater, Tulsa Performing Arts Cente
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: South Asian Performing Arts Foundation
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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A one-of-a-kind fundraiser for Tulsa Botanic Garden, Botanical - ‘A Weekend of Culinary Wonder’ is a 3-day exploration of the way food, drink, and the land intersect. Each year is based on a...

Cost: $250 per person

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Jane Dunbar
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Don't miss our Equinox Extravaganza Retro Rockets show as they bring the house down with some of your favorite 50's-60's and a little bit of 70's oldies! We have been selling out so be sure to get...

Cost: $15.00

Where:
Studio 308
308 S Lansing Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Studio 308
Telephone: 918-638-8464
Contact Name: Paddy Harwell
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Where:
Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$20

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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41 Brookside
4131 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $25-$50

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Dusty Dog Pub
5107 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Cimarron Bar
2619 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-415

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Tour the studios of 8 local artists and enjoy live painting, live music, installations, and more.

Where:
Charles Page Studios
1229 Charles Page Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$40

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mohawk Park
5701 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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Shop at over 100 booths.

Where:
Main Street Jenks
Main Street
Jenks, OK
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Featuring more than 20,000 eggs!

Where:
Safari Joe's H2O
4707 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Shop local produce and art every Saturday.

Where:
Langston University
914 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $20-$50

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Rabbit Hole Improv
1526 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The truTV magician brings his act to Paradise Cove

Cost: $25-$115

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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This musical and comedy review throws things back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Where:
Studio 308
308 S Lansing Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Collins Family Softball Complex
680 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $23

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Based on the epic work by the Sanskrit poet Kalidasa, this play tells the story of an exiled man who pines for his wife and convinces a passing cloud to take a message to her.

Cost: $25-$35

Where:
Tulsa PAC - John H. Williams Theatre
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Moonlight Minx Parade celebrates cannabis through dance.

Cost: $10-$20

Where:
The ReVue
822 S Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK
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