A picture of Greenwood's Gurley Hotel after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

A picture of Greenwood's Gurley Hotel after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

It is one of the worst acts of racial violence in the history of the United States. But even those from Oklahoma, and Tulsa, itself, often know little about the events surrounding the Tulsa Race Masscare that began on May 31st, 1921.

Over the course of two days, Tulsa’s thriving Greenwood District, also called Black Wall Street, was decimated by a White mob.

African American property was destroyed, hundreds are estimated to have lost their lives, and thousands were displaced.

Despite the devastation, the events were wiped from the history books. But there’s a growing movement to change that, not only through a museum and education, but also reparations.

Diane spoke with Caleb Gayle on Memorial Day. He grew up in Tulsa and wrote this past Sunday’s New York Time’s Magazine cover story called “100 Years After The Tulsa Massacre, What Does Justice Look Like?


  • Caleb Gayle Incoming Chief Executive of the National Conference on Citizenship and a New Arizona Fellow at New America; his forthcoming book is about the under-told story of the Black people who were once considered citizens of the Creek Nation


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