Senator Lankford & Tulsa Historian Release Video on History of North Tulsa
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Hannibal B. Johnson, Esq. a local author and attorney, today released a video about the history of the 1921 North Tulsa Race Massacre ahead of the 99th anniversary at the end of May. The video was developed to provide additional resources for Oklahoma educators to use as they teach about the history of North Tulsa and the then-thriving Greenwood District. The video was filmed in North Tulsa at Historic Vernon AME Church. Lankford and Johnson are members of the North Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.
In 2018 Oklahoma State Senator Kevin Matthews (D-Tulsa) and Lankford unveiled an online toolkit for educators to use to teach students about North Tulsa’s history. From May 31 until June 1, 1921, it is estimated that at least 300 individuals were killed during a race-related massacre in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. An economically and socially vibrant community often called Black Wall Street, thrived prior to the riot. The curriculum unveiled today tells the story of Black Wall Street, the Race Massacre, and its aftermath. The Oklahoma History Center helped the Commission create the curriculum, which can be found and downloaded online at www.tulsa2021.org/resources.
Cox Communications will broadcast the video on channel 3 in Tulsa and Oklahoma City on February 25, 2020-February 29, 2020.