The Tulsa Race Massacre: 100 years Later

Continuing Injustice: The Centennial of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Massacre

State and local authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma should provide reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, when a white mob killed several hundred black people and destroyed a prosperous black neighborhood. They should promptly develop and carry out a comprehensive reparations plan, in close consultation with the local community, to address the harm caused by the massacre and its lasting impact.

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing, Continuing Injustice: The Centennial of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Massacre, on May 19, 2021, ahead of the Tulsa Race Massacre’s centennial. The hearing examined the legacy of the massacre, remedies for the continuing harm, and the connection to the current crisis of police violence and systemic racism experienced by Black communities across the country.

The last known living survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre – 106-year-old Lessie Benningfield “Mother” Randle, 107-year-old Viola “Mother” Fletcher, and 100-year-old Hughes Van Ellis – testified at the hearing.


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