Black Birds in the Sky by Brandy Colbert, Read by the Author and Kristyl Dawn Tift
On the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
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Black Birds in the Sky. It opens with the award-winning African American author narrating her foreword. Kristyl Dawn Tift then vividly narrates a contextual account of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, a tragic event often omitted from history books. Colbert’s direct, stirring writing and Tift’s sensitive but straightforward narration reveal how linked events led to a complicated web of violence, explaining connections such as those between the police and the KKK. Colbert ends with a poignant afterword that draws chilling connections between the past and the present.
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