The Nation Must Awake, published for a wide audience for the first time, is Parrish’s first-person account, along with the recollections of dozens of others, compiled immediately following the tragedy. With meticulous attention to detail that transports readers to those fateful days, Parrish documents the magnitude of the loss of human life and property at the hands of white vigilantes. The testimonies shine light on Black residents’ bravery and the horror of seeing their neighbors gunned down and their community lost to flames.
Anneliese M. Bruner, Parrish’s great-granddaughter, will speak as part of the John Hope Franklin National Symposium, Wednesday, May 26 at 4 PM at Oklahoma State University – Tulsa. Free and open to the public. Details to come.