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Brenda Alford, Black Wall Street Descendant and Chair of the Tulsa Mass Graves Committee

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission partnered with YWCA Tulsa for a Centennial Year Launch event Friday, Jan. 1, at John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park. 

The event served as an opportunity to kickoff this year's numerous activities and events leading up to the May 31 100th commemoration of the Tulsa Race Massacre. 

YWCA officials announced the launch of Tulsa Triumphs, which is a call for commitments to end racism. Click here to make a pledge or learn more information about the campaign. 

“As we enter the year 2021, the spirit of Black Wall Street is alive and well 100 years after the tragedy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre,” Senator Kevin Matthews, chair of the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission said. “This year, we are commemorating the tenacity and grit of our ancestors, while crossing over into a cultural and entrepreneurial revival that affirms a triumphant Tulsa. Through the work of the commission and all of our local, regional, and national partners, we are committed to honoring our history and working together to pave the way for the next generation of world changers.”

John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park was constructed as a memorial to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The Center’s mission is focused on the serious and ongoing work of reconciling that 1921 event and strife in general across racial, ethnic, familial, political, and other lines.

Speakers included: Sam Combs, COMSTAR Advisors and Development Chair for John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation; State Sen. Kevin Matthews, chair of the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission; Phil Armstrong, 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission; Brenda Alford, Black Wall Street Descendant and Chair of the Tulsa Mass Graves Committee; Onikah Asamoa-Caesar, Owner of Fulton Street Books and Coffee; Maggie Yar, Hille Foundation; Julie Davis, YWCA Tulsa CEO; Alfre Woodard, social activist and actress (via video); and U.S. Senator James Lankford (via video).

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