Guest Artists

Hannibal Johnson

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Photo courtesy Hannibal Johnson


Hannibal B. Johnson graduated from Fort Smith (Arkansas) Northside High School, the University of Arkansas, and Harvard Law School. He is an author, attorney, and independent consultant. Johnson has taught at The University of Tulsa College of Law, Oklahoma State University, and The University of Oklahoma. He serves on the federal 400 Years of African-American History Commission, a body charged with planning, developing, and implementing activities appropriate to the 400th anniversary of the arrival, in 1619, of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia. Johnson chaired the Education Committee for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and served as local curator of its world-class history center, Greenwood Rising. Johnson has held many other leadership positions on nonprofit organizations at the local, state, and national levels. His ten books, including Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma, chronicle the African American experience in Oklahoma and its indelible impact on American history. Johnson’s play, Big Mama Speaks—A Tulsa Race Riot Survivor’s Story, was selected for the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival and has been staged in Caux, Switzerland. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work and community service.