Timely Connections: The Tulsa Race Massacre Then and Now

June 2, 1921 Tulsa World

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, or the Attack on Greenwood, was, and remains, one of the bloodiest outbreaks of racist violence in U.S. history. The incident began with the arrest of a young black man on May 31, was incited by an inflammatory report in the May 31 edition of the Tulsa Tribune, and ended around 24 hours later after white rioters looted and burned the prosperous black community on June 1. In the aftermath, dozens of city blocks were razed, hundreds killed, and thousands left homeless.

Investigate the sources linked to below to learn about this terrible, tragic event. As you do, consider the following questions:

  • Why is it important to remember the past?
  • In what ways can actions taken today acknowledge and make amends for past atrocities?
  • What connections can you make between the past and the present to build a better future?

Legislation, Reports & Events

Primary sources

Secondary sources that include primary sources

Related resource: Teaching the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Journal of Folklore and Education