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.

TU Community Events

Members of the TU community will host many events in the months leading up to the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Follow these links to learn more about upcoming events as well as links for the recordings of many of the previously recorded events.

DateWhen/WhereEvent Name/DescriptionContactDept
2/27/20205:30 p.m. TU campusPreserving History: Black Wall Street and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Panel with Nehemiah Frank, Venita Cooper, Dr. Ricco Wright and Phil ArmstrongAmanda ChastangDEI office, MRC
10/13/20207 p.m. via ZoomHomecoming 2020: The Legacy of Black Wall Street presentation and panelLeslie BlanchetAlumni Engagement
10/13/2020Student UnionRemembering Black Wall Street visual displayNevin SubramanianSA
10/21/202012 p.m. via zoomGreenwood’s History and its Impact on the Current Climate (viewing password: B#Z#R0%S)Amanda ChastangDEI office, MRC, SA
10/28/20205:30 p.m. via ZoomBlack Wall Street: The Past, Present and Future of Black Excellence Series Kickoff with Phil Armstrong, Rev. Robert Turner and Dr. Alicia OdewaleAmanda ChastangDEI office, MRC, external partners
12/16/20205:30 p.m. via ZoomBlack Wall Street: The Past, Present and Future of Black Excellence Series with Don PeeblesAmanda ChastangDEI office, MRC, external partners
1/01/21 - 12/31/21Ongoing exhibitMcFarlin Library Special Collections: Tulsa Race Massacre Online ExhibitMarc CarlsonMcFarlin Library
1/27/20215:30pm via ZoomBlack Wall Street: The Past, Present and Future of Black Excellence Series with Albert WhiteAmanda ChastangDEI office, MRC, external partners
2/1/21 - 12/31/21Ongoing exhibit on GreenwoodFaces of GreenwoodKelli McLoud-SchingenDEI office, external partners
2/18/21Pre-recordedB.C. Franklin Lecture: Hannibal JohnsonLyn EntzerothTU Law School
2/24/215:30 p.m. via ZoomBlack Wall Street: The Past, Present and Future of Black Excellence Series with Ralph SampsonAmanda ChastangDEI office, MRC, external partners
3/17/215:30 p.m. via ZoomBlack Wall Street: The Past, Present and Future of Black Excellence Series with Warren ThompsonAmanda ChastangDEI office, MRC, external partners
4/14/215:30 p.m. via ZoomBlack Wall Street: The Past, Present and Future of Black Excellence Series with Shannon WrightAmanda ChastangDEI office, MRC, external partners
4/15/215-6 p.m. via ZoomHistory of Harm: Race, Medicine and Covid-19 in historical perspectiveMaria MaurerWomen and Gender Studies
4/28/215:30 p.m. via ZoomBlack Wall Street: The Past, Present and Future of Black Excellence Series with Jessica LewisAmanda ChastangDEI office, MRC, external partners
5/4/2111 a.m. via ZoomTulsa in Flames: Staged Reading of the Black Wall Street PlayKelli McLoud-Schingen or Amanda ChastangDEI office
5/4/211 p.m. via Zoom or TeamsTulsa Race Massacre Special Collections SeminarAdrian AlexanderLibrary
5/4/216 p.m. via ZoomOpening the Doors of History: The Black Wall Street Story with Clifton TaulbertKelli McLoud-Schingen or Amanda ChastangDEI office
5/4/218 p.m. on TU campus Remembering Black Wall Street Through the ArtsKelli McLoud-Schingen or Amanda ChastangDEI office
5/21/21All dayTulsa Law Review: Race Massacre SymposiumWarigia BowmanTU Law School
5/26/21OngoingChamp: Greenwood Art ProjectJeff Van Hanken
5/26/21- 5/29/211:00 p.m. (virtual/in-person)JHF 2021 Reconciliation in America National SymposiumKristen OertelTITAN
5/30/21Virtual option availableBlack Inventors Hall of Fame – “Just(ice) Math”Helen Douglas
5/30/21Virtual option availableCentennial Commemoration and Celebration of Black Entrepreneurs and Black InventorsAmanda ChastangDEI office, external partners
6/18/21 - 6/20/21OKEQ PorchesPresentationMachele Miller DillMusical Theatre
8/26/21 - 10/21/21Alexandre Hogue GalleryExhibition curated by Christina Beatty and featuring the work of Tai Tindall and Dawn TreeKirsten OldsAlexandre Hogue Gallery
11/4/21 - 1/13/21Alexandre Hogue GalleryExhibition by Sedrick Huckaby (Mayo featured artist)Kirsten OldsAlexandre Hogue Gallery
  • Tulsa Community Events

    1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission

    The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission will leverage the rich history surrounding the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by facilitating actions, activities, and events that commemorate and educate all citizens.

    “The projects of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission will educate Oklahomans and Americans about the Race Massacre and its impact on the state and Nation; remember its victims and survivors; and create an environment conducive to fostering sustainable entrepreneurship and heritage tourism within the Greenwood District specifically, and North Tulsa generally.”

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    Other Community Events

    Tulsa ’21” Black Wall Street
    An original stage production about the history of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street and the 1921 Massacre.

    The Attack on Greenwood Exhibit

    A traveling exhibit on the history of the Greenwood Area and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre for the purpose of educating the community.

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