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Tue, 05.31.1921

The Tulsa Race Massacre in Oklahoma Occurs

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On this date in 1921, 300 people died in the Tulsa Race Massacre, most of them Black, at the hands of a white-American mob.

One of the worst race riots in U.S. history, it lasted two days. Hundreds of people were injured, and more than 1000 Black-owned homes and businesses were destroyed. On the 75th anniversary of the riot, the city extended a spirit of reconciliation by the dedication of a Black granite memorial in Greenwood, the neighborhood most affected by the conflict.

The Oklahoma Legislature is considering reparations for victims and survivors and the OWN network is creating a mini-series for television possible airing in 2018.

Reference:

Tulsa History.org

The Encyclopedia of African American Heritage
by Susan Altman
Copyright 1997, Facts on File, Inc. New York
ISBN 0-8160-3289-0

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white man dead to free the nigger in his head??? Reprinted by permission of Cora Rivers. WATTS by Conrad Kent Rivers.
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