Black Wall Street book (from Random House) research internship opportunity available

Victor Luckerson, a University of Alabama alumnus and former editor-in-chief of The Crimson White, is working on a narrative non-fiction book about the history of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District. He has an opening for a JCM student to work remotely in helping research significant events in Greenwood’s story, including the 1921 race massacre, the economic success of “Black Wall Street,” and the devastating community effects of urban renewal.

In a broader context, Luckerson said the book will explore how systemic racism of various forms has undermined black communities and how racial solidarity has been used to combat oppression.

The successful UA intern candidate will have an enthusiasm and aptitude for history, anthropology, and urban policy — and will join a team of researchers who are already working on this project.

The intern’s primary duties will include:

• Reading issues of Tulsa’s black newspaper, The Oklahoma Eagle, from the 1940s-1960s to catalogue important people, events, and issues that impacted Greenwood before and during the Civil Rights Movement.

● Summarizing and excerpting relevant articles in a series of spreadsheets organized by year.

● Constructing timelines of significant Greenwood events based on ongoing coverage in the newspaper.

● Conducting interviews with people (or their descendants) who played a significant role in midcentury Greenwood.

As part of the selection process, internship candidates will be asked to complete four hours of test research. Once selected, the intern will be paid a monthly stipend based on the total number of hours worked. Interested candidates should submit a resume no later than Nov. 30, 2020 directly to Victor Luckerson at vic.luckersonok@gmail.com, and copy Mark Mayfield at msmayfield1@ua.edu.