African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

AADS Ph.D. Student Noelle Janak Receives Recognition for Tulsa Fieldwork and Activism

Mon, November 4, 2019
AADS Ph.D. Student Noelle Janak Receives Recognition for Tulsa Fieldwork and Activism

 

Noelle Janak, AADS doctoral student, conducted fieldwork during the summer of 2019 in Tulsa with the Oklahoma Eagle, the oldest Black newspaper in the state. As a result, the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) has agreed to digitize the entire collection (which dates back almost 100 years) for free and to place it on the Gateway to Oklahoma Portal, which highlights publicly accessible, searchable PDF copies of historic Oklahoma newspapers. This is indeed an important contribution to safeguard the archives of black people’s experiences. 

Janak was also featured in the Black Wall Street Times for testimony offered at a Tulsa City Council hearing concerning disproportionate minority contact with the city’s criminal justice system: https://theblackwallsttimes.com/2019/06/20/noelle-janak-highlights-queer-and-trans-youth-in-the-criminal-justice-system/. This testimony “highlighted the unspoken and unreported disparity in juvenile queer and trans youth arrest[s].” In addition, Janak wrote a piece for the revived Tulsa Star, “Our Children Got Left Behind: Humanizing the Lives Behind Juvenile Arrest Statistics”: https://newtulsastar.com/2019/06/30/our-children-got-left-behind-humanizing-the-lives-behind-juvenile-arrest-statistics/.  Janak asserts the way these statistics are analyzed and presented emulates the bias patterns established in Daniel P. Moynihan’s 1965 report.

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