In this latest episode, we interview Dr. Jocelyn Lee Payne. The only child of Tulsa educators Johnson E. and Effie J. Lee, Dr. Jocelyn Lee Payne is a native Tulsan who attended racially segregated public schools in Tulsa and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Dr. Payne earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brandeis University; a Master of Science in College Teaching – Student Services from Northeastern State University; and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Oklahoma State University. After more than 40 years in higher education, Dr. Jocelyn Payne became the first full-time executive director for the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. Her work includes many years of sharing the stories of the Tulsa 1921 Race Massacre survivors, facilitating courageous conversation on racial reconciliation, and providing overall historical insight about the significance of the Historic Greenwood District as an epicenter of African American wealth, cultural synergy, and triumph during a time of extreme racial divide in US history.
DR. LEIGH B. GOODSON
President and CEO - Tulsa Community College
Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D. was named the fourth president and chief executive officer of Tulsa Community College in May 2014. A Tulsa native, Dr. Goodson has worked in higher education most of her professional career, and she previously served in numerous roles at Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Goodson discusses the Greenwood History and TCC’s community support in both commemorating and leading in honoring the legacy of Greenwood – linking her efforts on both personal and college-wide efforts.
State Representative - Tulsa House District 73
State Representative Regina Goodwin has served as State Representative, Tulsa House District 73 since 2015. She is native of Tulsa, grew up on historic Greenwood Ave. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1980, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Kansas and completed Masters Coursework at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. Regina, a faithful member of North Peoria Church of Christ, grew up in a loving and community-oriented family. Regina’s grandparents Jeanne and Ed Goodwin, Sr. and parents Alquita and Ed Goodwin, Jr. instilled the philosophy that “Service is the rent we pay for our room and board on earth."
DR. SCOTT ELLSWORTH
Historian, Journalist, & Author
for forty-five years. His first book, Death in a Promised Land, was the first-ever comprehensive history of the massacre. In the 1990s, he initiated the search for the unmarked graves of massacre victims. Scott currently serves as the chair of the Physical Investigation Committee for the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial. His forthcoming book, The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice, will be published on May 18, 2021.
Executive Director - Theater North
Maybelle Wallace is a no-nonsense Tulsan who, after developing an early interest in acting, has dedicated more than 40 years of leadership to community theater. The 90-year-old was born in Tulsa and serves as executive director of Theatre North. She discusses the Greenwood History and her perspective as a native Tulsan and how her work as Executive Director of Theater North has been part of the Greenwood legacy.
Tulsa Community College has served Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma since 1970. Now Oklahoma’s largest, multi-campus community college, TCC serves approximately 23,000 students in college programs annually. Four fully equipped campuses — Metro, Northeast, Southeast and West — populate the Tulsa area, along with several community campuses in the suburban areas.
Our 21 Voices Project highlights community perspectives regarding the Historic Greenwood District as we commemorate the tragic memory of the 1921 Race Massacre, while also acknowledging the tenacity, resilience, and legacy of the members of the Greenwood community.