Remembering The Tulsa Race Massacre 100 Years Later
MONDAY on "The Source" — 100 years ago today, a white mob attacked the Black community in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma — a horrific event known as the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Hundreds of people were killed and thousands were left homeless, as the mob used military weapons and airplanes to drop sticks of dynamite on homes and businesses.
Despite the horrific nature of the massacre, which is now recognized as one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history, the event was almost forgotten about.
News reports were largely squelched, documentation disappeared, and attempts to teach about it were suppressed, but one survivor’s account of that tragic day remains and is now published in “The Nation Must Awake: My Witness To the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.”
- Anneliese Bruner, writer and editor who has worked in the business, media, and nonprofit sectors; great-granddaughter of Tulsa Race Massacre survivor Mary Elizabeth Jones Parrish; author of the "Nation Must Awake" afterword
- Scott Ellsworth, professor of Afroamerican and African studies at the University of Michigan, author of "The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice" and "Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921" and author of the foreword to the "Nation Must Awake" by Mary Elisabeth Jones Parish
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