State briefs for May 16
Journalist Carmen Fields to headline Juneteenth events
The Oklahoma Historical Society will celebrate Juneteenth by hosting interviews with acclaimed journalist Carmen Fields in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. These events are free to the public, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Shirley Ballard Nero Endowment, which focuses on funding projects related to Oklahoma’s African American experience.
The first interview will be June 17 at the Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N Hartford Ave. in Tulsa, conducted by former Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre. On June 18, Fields will be interviewed by Oklahoma City journalist Joyce Jackson at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. Both events begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Fields is a Tulsa native. As a reporter and columnist for the Boston Globe, she was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Boston’s school desegregation. As a broadcaster, she has been nominated for six regional Emmy awards and has won two, one for a story on the Ku Klux Klan in Boston. Fields currently is the producer and host of a monthly public affairs program on Boston’s Channel 7 called “Higher Ground.” She wrote and produced the PBS documentary “Goin’ Back to T-Town” (1993) about the Greenwood community in Tulsa.
The discussion will include Fields’s childhood in segregated Tulsa and the impact of Jim Crow on the musical careers of her father and brother, big band leader Ernie Fields and Ernie Fields Jr.
Libraies offer 'Read for Adventure' program
“Read for Adventure” combines literacy, exploration and fun for Oklahoma families at no cost. To participate, children can go to their local public library and check out the children’s book "Our Day at the Zoo." Upon returning the book, they will receive a voucher granting free admission to the Oklahoma City Zoo for up to four people.
The program started in 2017 with Metropolitan Library System and went statewide last year, reaching all 247 public libraries in Oklahoma. “Our Day at the Zoo, was written by Kristin Williamson and illustrated by Rick George, both Metro Library staff members. The story evolved from children's thoughts about "If I were a zoo animal, this is what I would do."