Welcome to Tulsa Talks presented by Tulsa Regional Chamber. I’m your host Tim Landes. The person you just heard is Regina Goodwin. Her family instilled in her the philosophy that “Service is the rent we pay for our room and board on earth.” In 2015, Goodwin became the state representative for District 73, which covers downtown and north Tulsa. It’s the area where Goodwin was born and raised and now represents. She reflects on growing up on the historic Greenwood Ave and where we are today as the city approaches the 100th commemoration of the Tulsa Race Massacre. We also discuss recent statistics released about police use of excessive force within her district.
Goodwin is a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. She then embarked on an education in art that took her to Lawrence, Kansas and then Chicago before she returned home, where she has worked as an artist.
Today, she’s one of only 24 Democrats filling the 101 seats in the state House of Representatives. Goodwin is the assistant minority floor leader and is the chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus. Every day she goes to work, she faces major challenges, which we discuss later in the conversation. She concedes it’s a tough position to be in when you don’t have enough people to pass a bill, but she also makes clear she’s a fighter ready to go 12 rounds.
Guided by “The Power of We,” Goodwin has earned many victories, including helping caregivers and pregnant inmates. She was a leader in increasing teacher pay and clarifying the voting rights of felons. She also helped lead efforts to create a Black Wallstreet Commemorative License Plate with the proceeds going to the annual Juneteenth Festival.
I was thrilled to finally sit down and learn from her when we recorded this conversation in September. I found her to be extremely intelligent, compassionate, tenacious and honest. There’s no PR talk with her. She came ready to get down to it. There’s a lot to take in from our chat.
Also on this episode, Tulsa Foundation for Architecture Executive Director Amanda DeCort stopped by to talk about the history of downtown’s Blue Dome District and share info about the nonprofit’s monthly history tours.
Closing out the episode, boy do we have a treat for you. Count Tutu is one of the most popular bands in town and they offered to share with you their new single “Slammer Song.” More on that later. Let’s get this going.
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