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MLK Lecture to Highlight Tulsa Race Massacre
Anneliese M. Bruner, a descendant of the tragic event, will speak on Thursday, Jan. 20

Trinity University will present its 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture speaker, Anneliese M. Bruner, on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. through Tiger Network, Trinity's live streaming platform. The event will take place virtually and is free, not ticketed, and no registration is required. 

Bruner is the great granddaughter of Tulsa race massacre survivor and author Mary E. Jones Parrish, whose contemporaneous eyewitness account, The Nation Must Awake: My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, helped preserve the truth of the tragic event. She is also a writer and editor who has worked in the business, media, and nonprofit sectors. Her work has appeared in Crisis Magazine,, Honey Magazine, Savoy, USAID FrontLines, and The Lily (Washington Post). She attended Bryn Mawr College. She has lived in Washington, D.C., for more than 35 years.

A trained journalist, Mary E. Jones Parrish gathered eyewitness accounts from survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and chronicled her own experience fleeing the violence with her young daughter. Those accounts were published in her book, Events of the Tulsa Disaster, which was privately printed in 1923. Trinity University Press published the book for a general audience for the first time as The Nation Must Awake: My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 for the hundredth anniversary of the massacre. 

This program is co-sponsored by Trinity University Press, the TU Student Diversity and Inclusion Office, the San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, and the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum. See the latest information at or Trinity's events website

Photo of Anneliese Bruner courtesy of Erin Schaff.

Burgin Streetman is the marketing manager of the Trinity University Press.

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