Tulsa Race Massacre survivors to be presented with $1 million

TULSA, Okla. — The survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre, 108-year-old Mrs. Viola Ford Fletcher, 107-year-old Mrs. Lessie Benningfield Randle and 101-year-old Mr. Hughes Van Ellis, will be presented a gift of $1 million.

The gift comes from the Ed and Lisa Mitzen with their New York-based nonprofit Business for Good Foundation™.

Mr. Mitzen said he felt compelled to give a significant donation to the survivors after he read an article about the Tulsa Race Massacre survivors in The Washington Post, written by DeNeen L. Brown.

DeNeen L. Brown is from Oklahoma and is award-winning journalist at the Washington Post.

Brown gave Mitzen’s request to State Rep. Regina Goodwin, who represents the Historic Greenwood District.

Goodwin then enlisted the aid of Tulsa S.T.E.P.S. (Serving To Empower People Successfully), as previous fundraising for the survivors was done through them.

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