1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

TCCL Remembers:
Commemorating Tulsa's 1921 Race Massacre
With Education, Empathy and Healing

This exhibit was curated for the centennial commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in 2021 and originally displayed at Rudisill Regional Library. The following sections include content from the exhibit and links to resources used to gather this information. We encourage all to search the library's catalog, contact AskUs, or visit any TCCL location for additional resources on Black Wall Street and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.



This exhibit made possible by

This exhibit is made possible by Tulsa City-County Library, Tulsa Library Trust, 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Committee, WPX Energy
TCCL is a proud recipient of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission Grant Program. All grants have been made possible from the generosity of WPX Energy.

This exhibit was on display at Rudisill Regional Library during the centennial commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and was curated by the Public Relations Office of Tulsa City-County Library. All exhibit videos were produced by the Public Relations Office of Tulsa City-County Library.


Events to Commemorate the Centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

In 2021, Tulsa City-County Library commemorated the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial with events to promote education, empathy and healing. View recorded events in this series below and at www.YouTube.com/tulsalibrary.

Black Wall Street 100: Live Interview with Hannibal B. Johnson

Community Read Event: "Black Wall Street 100" Live Interview With Author Hannibal B. Johnson
Originally Aired: Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 6-7 p.m.

Hannibal B. Johnson speaks about his newest book, "Black Wall Street 100," via Zoom.

An Evening With Mira Jacob

Community Read Event: An Evening With Mira Jacob, Author of "Good Talk"
Originally aired: Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7-8 p.m.

Author Mira Jacob discusses her book "Good Talk," in which she sensitively explores the ways we talk about race, sexuality and love. 

Meet Author Jason Reynolds

Meet Author Jason Reynolds - 2021 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature
Originally aired: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 7-8 p.m.

Jason Reynolds is the New York Times bestselling author of "All American Boys" and other works for young adult and middle-age audiences. "As a black man and white man, both writers and educators, we came together to co-write a book about how systemic racism and police brutality affect the lives of young people in America, in order to create an important, unique and honest work that would give young people and the people who educate them a tool for having these difficult but absolutely vital conversations," said Reynolds about his book "All American Boys," co-written with Brendan Kelly. 

A Talk With Author Clifton Taulbert

Friendship Mattered Then! Friendship Matters Now!
Originally aired: Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 6-7:30 p.m.

Presented by Clifton Taulbert, author of "Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values That Build Strong Communities" For 36 hours in 1921, friendship lost its way. Great harm was done to people and property. Black Wall Street disappeared in billowing clouds of smoke. Dreams were shattered and some forever. According to Clifton Taulbert, the embrace of genuine friendship cannot restore the lost past, but it can ensure a different future … one where 1921 will not be repeated and where all are respected, affirmed and included. “Over the past few months of this year, the history of Tulsa 1921 has been revisited as scores of people … writers, young people, dancers, lawyers, movies, books, students and librarians all lending their voices as history to be taught and lessons to be learned. We are all in search for that more perfect union — a way of living together that requires friendship. We must not allow friendship to lose its way.”  Sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust.

Unite Tulsa

Unite Tulsa 
Originally aired: Thursday, April 8, 2021, 7-8:30 p.m.
Residents of Tulsa County share the ways they're working to make our community a better, more inclusive place to live. Selected speakers have five minutes to talk about their chosen topic using 20 slides set to auto advance every 15 seconds. Sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust.

1921 Historical Trauma: Business Goes on as Usual

1921 Historical Trauma: Business Goes on as Usual
Commemorating 1921 Through the Arts
Originally aired: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, 6-8 p.m.

Presented by Anthony “Tony B” Brinkley, this presentation showcases an array of talented local performers, including singers, poets, dancers, actors and spoken word artists. In honor of the Greenwood District of Tulsa, the performance addresses the issue of historical trauma and its lasting impact on the African American community, while focusing on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre as an introspective centerpiece. Sponsored by the African-American Resource Center and the Tulsa Library Trust.

Panel Discussion: Who Watches the Watchmen?

Panel Discussion: Who Watches the Watchmen?
Originally aired: Thursday, April 29, 2021, 7-8:30 p.m.

A panel of experts discuss HBO's television series "Watchmen," based on Alan Moore's graphic novel of the same name. Per HBO: "Set in an alternate timeline where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, "Watchmen" embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel ... while attempting to break new ground of its own." Panelists examine the role of the Tulsa Race Massacre throughout the series. Sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust.

Travels with Tulsans: Past and Present with Phil Armstrong

Travels With Tulsans: Tulsa Mobile -- Past and Present
Originally aired: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, 12:10-12:50 p.m.

Phil Armstrong and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission visited Mobile, Ala., in May 2019 to get inspiration for the upcoming Greenwood Rising project and other initiatives. Sponsored by Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries.

Events in the TCCL Remembers series were sponsored by

TCCL remembers series event sponsors