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Community conversations begin this week around reparations for Tulsa Race Massacre survivors, descendants

People walk by a mural for Black Wall Street in the Greenwood district during centennial commemorations of the Tulsa Race Massacre, Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla.
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People walk by a mural for Black Wall Street in the Greenwood district during centennial commemorations of the Tulsa Race Massacre, Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla.

A series of community conversations about the impact of the Tulsa Race Massacre will kick off today at the36th Street North Event Center.

The Beyond Apology session will examine repair and reparations for the harm caused by the race massacre, with conversations today and Thursday, as well as more coming in the next couple months.

The Tulsa Race Massacre was famously forgotten in Oklahoma history classes for decades. It occurred over several days in 1921 when a mob of white people destroyed businesses and killed an untold number of Black people in Tulsa’s Greenwood District.

Tulsa' City Councilformally apologized for the city's role in the massacre in 2021 to mark a centennial commemoration of the tragedy. But the city is not obligated to take any formal action for that apology.

The Beyond Apology sessions are designed to be a first step. City Council will consider further action following a report assembled by the Oklahoma State University Center for Public Life, relying on the community feedback from the sessions. Learn more and RSVP at the event'swebsite.

Beyond Apology session schedule

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
5:00pm-8:00pm
36th Street North Event Center
(1125 E 36th St N)

Thursday, April 13, 2023
5:00pm-8:00pm
TCC Southeast Campus
(10300 E 81st St.)

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
5:00pm-8:00pm
36th Street North Event Center
(1125 E 36th St N)

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
5:00pm-8:00pm
Greenwood Cultural Center
(322 N. Greenwood Ave.)

This report was produced by the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange, a collaboration of public media organizations. Help support collaborative journalism by donating at the link at the top of this webpage.

Robby grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Journalism degree. Robby has reported for several newspapers, including The Roanoke Times in southwest Virginia. He reported for StateImpact Oklahoma from 2019 through 2022, focusing on education.
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