TULSA, Okla. — FC Tulsa’s front office staff delivered a $25,000 donation to the Greenwood Rising project on Thursday after taking a tour of the city’s historic Greenwood District.
The club’s representatives were led on the tour by Chief Egunwale Amusan, the president of the African Ancestral Society in an effort to get educated on Black Wall Street and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
“We recognize there has not been nearly enough taught in our society about the Tulsa Race Massacre,” said FC Tulsa president James Cannon.
“So, our first goal was to make sure our staff was truly educated about the horrific events surrounding the burning of Black Wall Street a century ago. Now, we want to do our part as a pillar of the Tulsa community to make sure we close that education gap in others with our donation. Once our players report, we will have them go on the tour as well, and we hope to make it an annual tour for every FC Tulsa player.”
The Greenwood Rising history center will be built to help honor the legacy of Black Wall Street before and after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
FC Tulsa is the latest Oklahoma organization to make a donation to Greenwood Rising including the Oklahoma City Thunder, Quiktrip, AEP/PSO, Bank of America and Circle Cinema.
“We appreciate FC Tulsa’s support in our Greenwood Rising project,” said Phil Armstrong, the project manager of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.
“In speaking with FC Tulsa over the last few weeks, I am impressed with how active and engaged they are with the Tulsa community and specifically in honoring and remembering the upcoming Race Massacre centennial. I look forward to continuing our work together as FC Tulsa’s 2021 season approaches.”
The club says it plans to find ways to incorporate the centennial into its 2021 USL Championship season.