Author of ‘Tulsa 1921: Reporting A Massacre’ to speak at FOL meeting

Two decades research and writing by Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World writer has come together in “Tulsa 1921: Reporting A Massacre,” published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Krehbiel will talk about the book and about how the massacre was presented in the city’s two main newspapers – the Tulsa Daily World and the Tulsa Tribune – when he is guest speaker for Monday night’s Claremore Friends of the Library.

FOL is meeting the fourth Monday in January and February, rather than the usual third Friday, due to Holiday closing dates for the library. Monday’s meeting, open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. with refreshments and a short business session, followed by the program. There will be time for questions and answers about the horrors of the event, documented by photographs of the Greenwood district after the massacre. He will have copies of the book for purchase and signing.

The program coincides with January’s national recognition of Martin Luther King Day.

Krehbiel has been with the Tulsa World since 1979 and has covered government issues more than 25 years. In 1999 when the Tulsa Race Riot Commission was formed, he was assigned to put together an archive about the Massacre as a resource for future coverage.

It was about five years ago and thousands of typewritten pages and documents and hours, he decided to assemble his research. That was the beginning of plans for turning his research into “Tulsa 1921: Reporting a Massacre.”

He also includes some of the later incidents dealing with race.

Much of the time you will see Krehbiel’s byline on state government stories. He shares capitol reporting with Barbara Hoberock, who started her career in journalism with the Claremore Progress.

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