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Brandy Colbert

Black Birds in the Sky

Brandy Colbert is an award-winning author of several books for children and teens, including Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, which was the winner of the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and a finalist for the American Library Association’s Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award. She is on faculty at Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children and lives in Los Angeles. 

The Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the most devastating acts of racial violence in United States history. But how did it come to pass, and why are the events unknown to so many of us today? Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, ambitious and intimate in turn, explores the ways in which the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre is the story of America—and by showing us who we are, points to a way forward. 

Nonfiction; Brandy Colbert is an award-winning author of several books for children and teens who is on faculty at Hamline University's MFA program in writing for children. Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre explores one of the most devastating acts of racial violence in United States history.

Sponsored by the John & Robyn Horn Foundation.

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The Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the most devastating acts of racial violence in United States history. But how did it come to pass, and why are the events unknown to so many of us today? Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, ambitious and intimate in turn, explores the ways in which the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre is the story of America—and by showing us who we are, points to a way forward.

Sponsored by the John and Robyn Horn Foundation.

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