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This article was archived on 6/2/2021

Council to Host Virtual Learning Sessions on the Tulsa Race Massacre

The Tulsa City Council will host two virtual learning sessions in May on the Tulsa Race Massacre. The sessions will be based on the 2001 State Commission report on the massacre and will be facilitated by University of Tulsa professor Dr. Alicia Odewale. The report is available for free online. The public is invited to virtually attend and submit questions or feedback prior to the sessions by email to info@tulsacouncil.org.

“The eyes of the world are on Tulsa this year as we commemorate 100 years since the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, when mobs of white residents invaded the thriving Black-owned Greenwood District murdering citizens, looting and burning homes and businesses,” said Council Chair Hall-Harper.

“It's important that our community, City Council included, learn about the events that lead to the massacre to better understand the tragedy, what has been done since then, and the work that still needs to be done to truly make an impact in our city. I am grateful to have leaders in our community like Dr. Odewale who are doing the difficult, but necessary, research to help our community make sense of such a devastating holocaust.”

The virtual learning sessions will be held via GoToMeeting, a web conferencing tool, and will be broadcast live on TGOV - Cox Cable channel 24, online at cityoftulsa.viebit.com and on the City Council’s Facebook page, facebook.com/tulsacitycouncil. The sessions are scheduled for:

  • Virtual Learning Session 1: Wednesday, May 12, at 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Virtual Learning Session 2: Tuesday, May 18, at 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Throughout the rest of the year, City Councilors will also highlight events, programs and resources available to citizens from community organizations like the Tulsa City-County Library and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. Councilors will compile these resources on a website hub for easy reference.