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Kresta in the Afternoon – June 3, 2021 – Hour 2

Does Jesus belong in a graduation speech? Stephanie Taub joins us. Also, Scott Ellsworth tells the story of Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Rio.


Does Jesus belong at Graduation? 

Two high school valedictorians in Michigan have recently been challenged for their decision to reference their faith in their graduation speeches. Hillsdale High School administrators told Elizabeth Turner that she was “representing the school in the speech, not using the podium as your public forum.” This decision has since been reversed. But another student has since been told that her speech referencing Jesus is not inclusive of other faiths. Stephanie Taub, whose First Liberty Institute has represented both students, joins us.

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Michigan high school reverses after opposing religious language in valedictorian speech

Michigan valedictorian’s speech censored, criticized as ‘very Christianized’: complaint

First Liberty

Stephanie Taub is a Senior Counsel with First Liberty Institute.  She is a Harvard Law School graduate and has been published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics, the National Review, the Washington Times, and in other newspapers. 

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What made “Black Wall Street?”

This week America has been commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race riot, also known as the Black Wall Street Massacre. It destroyed more than 35 square blocks of what was then the wealthiest Black community in the US and “officially” left 36 people dead, though modern estimates are higher. Scott Ellsworth tells the story.

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What the Tulsa Race Massacre Destroyed

Tulsa Church Ledger Preserves Stories of Faith After Historic Massacre

Tulsa’s ‘Black Wall Street’ Flourished as a Self-Contained Hub in Early 1900s

‘They didn’t talk about it’: how a historian helped Tulsa confront the horror of its past

Scott Ellsworth is a lecturer at the University of Michigan in the Department of Afroamerican and African studies. He’s the author of Death in a Promised Land, the first comprehensive history of the 1921 Tulsa massacre, and the new book The Ground Breaking: The Tulsa Race Massacre and an American City’s Search for Justice. Follow him on Twitter @ScottEAuthor  

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