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In Tulsa, solemn remembrances of a century-old race massacre by survivors and descendants

Tulsa spent much of the last century denying the 1921 race massacre. Now the city is finally acknowledging the history and its lasting scars, even as it resists calls for reparations for the survivors and descendants.
  • Jun 1, 2021

Tensions erupt in Tulsa as city commemorates 1921 race massacre

Much of the acrimony in Tulsa revolves around the issue of reparations for the 1921 race massacre, which left as many as 300 dead and 10,000 homeless and destroyed one of the most prosperous Black neighborhoods in the country.
  • May 30, 2021

His arrest sparked the Tulsa Race Massacre. Then Dick Rowland disappeared.

Who was Dick Rowland, the Black teen whose arrest sparked the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre? And what happened to him after he was falsely accused of assaulting a 17-year-old White elevator operator named Sarah Page?
  • May 30, 2021

The devastation of the Tulsa Race Massacre

The 1921 attack by a White mob on the all-Black Tulsa neighborhood of Greenwood was one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history. As the city marks the massacre’s 100th anniversary this week, this is what happened and what was lost.
  • May 28, 2021

Reparations bill for Tulsa Race Massacre survivors introduced in Congress

The Tulsa-Greenwood Massacre Claims Accountability Act would provide survivors and descendants access to the courts to seek restitution for one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history.
  • May 21, 2021

One of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre — 107 years old — wants justice

Viola Fletcher, who lived through the Tulsa Race Massacre a century ago, is among the survivors who testified before Congress on May 19. They are seeking reparations for one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history.
  • May 19, 2021

40 acres and a mule: How the first reparations for slavery ended in betrayal

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would create a commission on slavery reparations. H.R. 40 takes its name from the unfulfilled promise of 40 acres and a mule.
  • Apr 15, 2021

A Black WWII veteran was beaten and blinded, fueling the civil rights movement

A new documentary, "The Blinding of Isaac Woodard," explores how his story outraged President Harry S. Truman and changed America
  • Mar 31, 2021

Renowned as a Black liberator, Harriet Tubman was also a brilliant spy

Now Tubman, the first woman to lead a military operation in U.S. history, has been inducted into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame.
  • Feb 12, 2021

'Uncomfortable truth’: The new push for a slavery reparations commission in Congress

The House will hold a hearing next week on H.R. 40, which would create a commission to study the legacy of slavery and the possibility of reparations for the descendants of millions of enslaved Africans.
  • Feb 10, 2021