Tulsa Race Massacre descendants remember their history 101 years later

TULSA, Okla. — This Tuesday it has been 101 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre, an event that changed Greenwood and North Tulsa forever.

2022 might lack the crowds of people and national media outlets of 2021, but the people of Greenwood said the stories of what happened in 1921 should not be forgotten.

It’s stories like these that descendant Cleo Harris hopes to keep passing down.

“My great grandfather, he kind of died a bitter man. I understand why he was like that because of what happened down here. So that’s something that I’m just now being able to talk about. Because it is tragic, you do feel the pain of your relatives down here when it was thriving.”

Harris said it’s because of this, he continues to fight for justice today.

“I’m trying to keep that legacy alive by standing for reparations, not just here, but in America.”

Over the weekend, during the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival, Organizer Chief Egunwale Amusan said it’s important not to stop as the public nuisance lawsuit against the City of Tulsa for reparations moves forward.

“Think about the history of this and how silent it’s been, when it related to history. The historic injustice of not even knowing about this event, what this does it helps provide momentum.”

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