“Oklalusa: The Story of the Black Statement Movement in Oklahoma Territory” by Eddie Jackson (309 pages, Independently published, in stores)
Since the late 1960s, Eddie Jackson has been fascinated with the history behind the failed quest to create an all-Black state in Oklahoma Territory.
Jackson said he had always been curious about the topic but life got busy and he wasn’t able to find the time to do some research and write a book about it.
Jackson’s book “Oklalusa: The Story of the Black Statement Movement in Oklahoma Territory” was released in May.
The release comes at a time when many people across the country are clamoring for books about Black history, racial injustice and how to make racial equality a reality in America. Jackson said the timing is coincidence but he is pleased that it may draw attention to Oklahoma Black history.
“I had wanted to write it since 1969, but I was so busy with career and family. I collected the research and I did try to write it a couple of times but I wasn’t pleased with it,” he said. “Finally, I was able to spend four to six hours a day and I got it done here very recently. I wasn’t thinking about social justice or all those things that are going on now. Those things happened after it was released.”
Jackson is an Oklahoma native, an attorney and a former bank president. He was also Abe Lemons’ first Black basketball athlete at Oklahoma City University. He’s excited to add “new author” to his biography because he wanted to shed light on the Black state movement that emerged in Oklahoma Territory.
He called his book a historical novel because it is fiction that incorporates the history that has fascinated him for decades.
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