REVIEW: Across The Tracks
Book Title: Across The Tracks
Book Description: One hundred years after the Tulsa Race Massacre, Across the Tracks is a celebration and memorial of Greenwood, Oklahoma In Across the Tracks: Remembering Greenwood, Black Wall Street, and the Tulsa Race Massacre, author Alverne Ball and illustrator Stacey Robinson have crafted a love letter to Greenwood, Oklahoma. Also known as Black Wall Street, Greenwood was a community whose importance is often overshadowed by the atrocious massacre that took place there in 1921.
Book Author: Alverne Ball
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher - Orgnization: Megascope
Illustrator: Stacey Robinson
- Interior Art(4)
- Cover Art(3.75)
Full Disclosure… I’m a Stacey Robinson fanboy. Anything he puts out, I’ll buy, so, know I’m biased when it comes to the art here!
Across the Tracks tells the tale of the 1912 Massacre of Black Wall Street in Tulsa. It’s not your typical narrative, it’s much more a historical overview of events. The story might be best served this way, because for a horrible event, that’s only recently entered mainstream recognition, it is best served as cold, hard fact.
Across the tracks should be required reading in schools across America to help children learn about the continued, systematic oppression of Black people in US long after slavery ended.
The art is just wonderful. Robinson always delivers when he’s involved in a project. Each panel speaks to the life and vibrancy of Tulsa’s Black population.
If you haven’t grabbed this book yet, pick it up along with all the Megascope line of graphic novels! It’s well worth it!