One hundred years ago today, a white mob looted and burned an affluent and flourishing cultural center for Black Americans in the Greenwood section of Tulsa, killing as many as 300 people and causing 10,000 to lose their homes.
The specific area targeted was known as Black Wall Street. Rioters, many armed, destroyed Black businesses, homes, schools, churches, a hospital, hotel, public library, newspaper offices and more.
The Tulsa Race Massacre remains one of the most horrific acts of racial violence and domestic terrorism ever committed on American soil. While we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country on Memorial Day, let’s also remember this ugly part of American history and ensure that its like is never repeated.