Jere W. Roberson

Academic Historian

Jere W. Roberson is professor of history at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.  His Ph.D. in history is from the University of Georgia, Master’s from Auburn University, and undergraduate degree from Tennessee Technological University.  He has authored a number of articles on southern history and the black experience in Oklahoma and has presented many papers on black history in Oklahoma.  The native of Nashville specializes in Black history of the West and is engaged in a book-length manuscript comparing the background of Oklahoma City to that of Tulsa to answer this question:  “Why Tulsa and Not Oklahoma City?: Birthing a Riot.”

Nudie Eugene Williams (1936-2003)

Nudie Williams was among the first historians to research the free-born antebellum population of African Americans in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He was also one of the first three African Americans admitted to graduate studies in the History Department at Oklahoma State University and the third … Read MoreNudie Eugene Williams (1936-2003)

James Stewart (Jimmy) Edward (1912-1997)

  Image Courtesy of Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman James (“Jimmy”) Edward Stewart was born in Plano, Texas on September 16, 1912, to laborer/minister Zena Thomas Stewart and Mary Magdeline Fegalee Stewart.  Zena died of malaria in Oklahoma City in 1920, four years after he and … Read MoreJames Stewart (Jimmy) Edward (1912-1997)