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Meeting ID: 861 6010 1093
2021 marks hundred years since the Tulsa race massacre.
The Tulsa race massacre (also called the Tulsa race riot, the Greenwood Massacre, the Black Wall Street Massacre, the Tulsa pogrom, or the Tulsa Massacre) took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of white residents, many of them given weapons by city officials, attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
It has been called "the single worst incident of racial violence in American history. The attack, carried out on the ground and from private aircraft, destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the district—at that time the wealthiest black community in the United States, known as "Black Wall Street".
Randy Krehbiel will discuss the forces that led to the burning of one of the United State's most prosperous and independent African American communities of the early 20th century.
Randy Krehbiel is an Oklahoma native and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He arrived at the Tulsa World in 1979 as a sports writer, and has remained there ever since. He has reported on a wide range of topics, including college football, boxing, politics and the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing. In 1999 he was assigned to coverage of the Tulsa Race Riot, a panel established by the Oklahoma Legislature to investigate the events of May 31-June 1, 1921, and theiraftermath. Thus began the two decades of research and reporting that became the basis of "Tulsa 1921: Reporting a Massacre", which was published in September 2019 and was named Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ Nonfiction Book of the Year and the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Book of the Year.
Randy lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he continues to report on issues related to race and the Race Massacre as well as state and national politics and government. He is a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.
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