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Learning about the Tulsa Race Massacre

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The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is a tragic and yet important piece of Oklahoma’s history, and its existence and impact have for many years been left out of history books. Now one hundred years later, Oklahomans are beginning to open a conversation about what happened. We have compiled resources and events that your family can use to learn about the events that led to the man-made calamity and commemorate all that was lost and what was rebuilt.


  • Mom of three boys and director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Tulsa Technology Center, Dr. Tamecca Rogers shares about the journey her family took to learn about the Tulsa Race Massacre and ways your family can remember the victims and their descendants.  She also chats about how to celebrate Black history and leaders all year in this episode of Raising OKC Kids.
  • The 1912 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission has developed educational initiatives for students, teachers and families to learn about the events that took place and the aftermath. Resources including curriculum, literature, videos, interviews and oral histories.
  • Explore the 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission’s website tulsa2021.org/rising and click on the Events tab to find a commemoration you would like to attend.
  • Oklahoma History Center features several articles outlining causes on the local and national levels, the thriving Greenwood District, also known as Black Wall Street, and the historical controversies that remain. There is also an activity that lets families explore archived newspapers to see how they covered the massacre.
  • Watch the following documentary, The Night Tulsa Burned by In Search of History.
  • Engage with the multi-media installation The Day is Past and Gone, by artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a public art installation inside the historic Vernon AME Church in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, OK, located at 311 N Greenwood Ave.
  • Attend an event commemorating the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre.


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