“OKLALUSA,” Novel About the Black State Movement, Released
“OKLAUSA,” a new novel about the Black Sate Movement in Oklahoma Territory—written by Eddie Jackson, an Oklahoma City attorney and a former bank executive—is available on Amazon.
The novel begins in Indian Territory in 1879 with the Black Indians. It crescendos at Langston and Guthrie after the second land run of 1891.
Just 14 years after legal slavery ended, Black leaders emerge who envision the unassigned land of Oklahoma Territory as homes, churches, schools, businesses and farms for a portion of the 5-million ex-bondsmen.
There is resistance, of course, from the savage elements of the white community. But there is support from senators and the Republican Party. Fledging Chambers of Commerce at Norman, Oklahoma City and Perry lead the effort to put down the Black state movement. But Guthrie, the capital city, and prominent leaders in Indian Territory welcome Black arrivals to the new Territory.
The Black state movement is authenticated by articles in the New York Times and other newspapers of national circulation as far away as the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Oklalusa leadership features able lawyers, wealthy businessmen, the personalities of J. Milton Turner, Fredrick Douglass, President James Garfield, E.P. McCabe and Cassius Barnes, the fifth Governor of Oklahoma Territory.
Oklalusa like Oklahoma is Choctaw. Oklalusa means home of the Black people.
Eddie Jackson, a former mayor, bank president, columnist with The Black Dispatch and The Black Chronicle newspapers and Abe Lemons’ first Black athlete at Oklahoma City University, wrote “OKLAUSA.”