1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial - The University of Tulsa

1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial

In 2021, Tulsa will observe the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre – the deadliest and most destructive massacre in U.S. history. TU joins with other organizations in the Tulsa community to ensure that neither the tragedy nor the lessons learned are forgotten. Numerous events, programs and projects are planned in the coming months to commemorate the centennial. This page will be updated to reflect new articles, information and upcoming events.

  • Community Events


    GROW (Gather and Read On Wheels) Mobile Library Second Saturday event: Black History Month, 9:30-noon Feb. 8 at ONEOK Boathouse in the Gathering Place, 2650 S. John Williams Way. Historian Omar Reed, who is director of Fort Gibson National Historic Landmark, will share the oral history of early black settlements in Oklahoma. Afterward, attendees can create postcard collages with images of empowering speeches and historical leaders and check out books from the mobile library with a Tulsa City-County Library card. Admission is free.

    7th Annual Black Wall Street Heritage and History festival, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at the 36th Street North Event Center, 1125 E. 36th St. North. Showcasing kids 3-18 in music, entertainment and a fashion show, concluding with a “feed the village” dinner. $5 donation to enter goes to education programs at the Community Pride Farmers Market.

    African-American Heritage Bowl — 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Edition, 6-9 p.m. Feb. 27 at Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford Ave. Participation is open to teams of four players and two alternates each from junior high schools, high schools, social and business organizations, churches, book clubs and families. Limit is two teams per school.

    Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place in each bowl. Plus, each member of the first-place winning team for the Junior High School Bowl and High School Bowl will receive an Amazon Fire tablet.

    Register by Feb. 10 by emailing adrienne.teague@tulsalibrary.org.


    Tulsa ’21 Black Wall Street, an original theater production

    3-7 p.m. February 23, Greenwood Cultural Center

  • Diversity and Engagement at TU

    The education of people of diverse backgrounds and cultures lies at the heart of The University of Tulsa’s core values and mission. The university furthers its mission of educational excellence by creating an environment of equity and inclusion that values diverse life experiences, ideas, and perspectives. TU is committed to aligning its practices to cultivate a community that reflects these fundamental values and goals.

    Learn more about TU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion here.

  • TU Special Collections

    McFarlin Library at The University of Tulsa holds over 14,000 linear feet of manuscripts, music, photographs and a large amount of other cultural objects in an impressive space is known as Special Collections. TU’s Special Collections features a number of photographs and documents chronicling the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.