By learning from the racial injustice of our past, we can take steps to advance racial equity for our future.
On May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob flooded the Greenwood Distict in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In a matter of hours, they decimated Black Wall Street, one of the United States’ most prosperous Black communities. 100 years later, we see that the Tulsa Race Massacre was not just a singular instance, but a moment inextricably tied to systems that have devalued Black people and communities of color for centuries.
The Tulsa Race Massacre long went unwritten in mainstream narratives of United States history. Only in the last thirty years have Oklahoma officials and nationwide leaders begun to acknowledge and grapple with this painful chapter of our past, one that has continued to impact racial disparities in Tulsa and communities across the country.
As we commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, we invite you to learn more about this significant event and what it can teach us about working towards more just and equitable societies today.