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Oklahoma's Soulful Stories Told at MLS Libraries

What is a “Soulful Story”? 

Your Metropolitan Library System, in conjunction with the Rhythmically Speaking theater company, presents “The Way It Was: Oklahoma’s Soulful Stories,” a play by Oklahoma City writer DWe Williams that tells the tales of three of the state’s black towns and communities.

“Many people know that there were once dozens of all or mostly black towns in Oklahoma,” said Williams, “but fewer Oklahomans may know about the prosperous and thriving black communities that existed within other towns.  It’s some of those stories we want to tell in this year’s celebration of Black History Month.

“Probably the most famous was the ‘Black Wall Street’ in Tulsa, in the Greenwood District after World War I.  It was a wealthy area that contained everything its citizens needed to get along in life, but it was the scene of a terrible race riot in 1921 and never fully recovered.”

Twelve performances of “The Way It Was: Oklahoma’s Soulful Stories” are scheduled for February 10-28.

    • Wednesday, February 10 – 6:30pm at The Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania (755-0710)
    • Saturday, February 13 – 2pm at Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard (341-9282)
    • Sunday, February 14—2pm at Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa (843-9601)
    • Monday, February 15—6pm at Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23rd (424-1437)
    • Tuesday, February 16—7pm at Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th (672-1377)
    • Wednesday, February 17—6pm at Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 16th (634-6308)
    • Thursday, February 18—7pm at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N Kelly (478-3344) 
    • Saturday, February 20—3pm at Bethany Library, 3510 N. Mueller (789-8363)
    • Monday, February 22—6pm at Choctaw Library, 25235 Muzzy Street (390-8418)
    • Tuesday, February 23—6pm at Warr Acres Library, 5901 NW 63rd (721-2616) 
    • Thursday, February 25—7pm at Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno (732-4828)
    • Saturday, February 27—2pm at Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker (631-4468)
    • Sunday, February 28—2pm at Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue (231-8650)

For more information about this and other library events, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

“The Way It Was: Oklahoma’s Soulful Stories” is co-sponsored by Oklahoma Arts Council, Arts Council of Oklahoma City, National Endowment for the Arts and the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.