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Tulsa Massacre Survivors Seek Justice

On May 31, 1921, a white mob attacked Black people and businesses in the prosperous Tulsa, Oklahoma neighborhood of Greenwood, killing residents and burning and destroying the district. It was among the worst racially motivated violent episodes in U.S. history. For decades, details of the horrific event were suppressed. Now, on the 100th anniversary of the massacre, some of the few remaining survivors are speaking out about their experiences. Listen to hear people who lived through the Tulsa race massacre share their memories of the event and their wishes that justice can be served.


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