The Nation Must Awake: My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

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About the Author
Ajamu Kojo is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, and a graduate of Howard University. He splits his time developing independent film projects, working as a scenic artist on television and film productions, including Law & Order, Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl, and Bull, and concentrating on his artwork. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"The first and possibly only comprehensive first-person account of the event."― POLITICO

"[Bruner is] honoring her great-grandmother's groundbreaking journalism"― Vox

"The first and most visceral long-form account of how Greenwood residents experienced the massacre." ― The New Yorker

A story of survival...remains relevant a century later. ― The New York Times

The book is more than just a historical account. It's also Parrish's plea for America to live up to the promise of democracy. ― NPR's Morning Edition

An eyewitness account of the one of the worst events in American history has become a sleeper bestseller for Trinity University Press before the book's official pub date. ― Publishers Weekly

Mary documents the mind-numbingly large losses of lives and destruction of property through her own eyes and other testimonies from Black residents. ―

As a historical record, Mary Jones Parris's book is really rich...especially like the way she itemized a list of all the lost property from the Tulsa massacre, so if ever there was a case for reparations, this is it. ― MS Magazine

The book recalls what it was like in the moments immediately before the mob ransacked the Parrish family home in Greenwood and then takes readers through how Parrish and her young child, Bruner's grandmother Florence Mary Parrish Bruner, escaped the violence and what they witnessed as their neighborhood burned. ―

Essential reading. -- BitchReads

The most important single source of the history of the massacre. -- Scott Ellsworth, author of The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice

An extremely important, frequently cited, and quite special book in that it offers a rare, first-hand account of the Tulsa Race Massacre. -- Public Radio Tulsa

[This book] has served as a primary source for almost every historian of the Tulsa Race Massacre. -- Tulsa World

Bruner makes direct comparisons between the events of Tulsa in 1921 and the America of today, writing that the white mob who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020, was a direct descendent of the 'King Mob' her great-grandmother had written about 100 years earlier. -- San Antonio Report