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Community Remembrance Coalition announces essay contest for Tulsa high school students in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative to kick off its 1921 commemorative activities

TULSA, Okla. — In its short history, Oklahoma has bore witness to some of the most horrific acts of racial terror in the United States, including the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre when white mobsters and klansmen destroyed the thriving Greenwood neighborhood and lynched hundreds of Black citizens.  As we rapidly approach the centennial, our city’s disturbing past cannot continue to be hidden; it must be faced head-on.

The Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition (which has been working in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL for the past two years) is proud to announce a city-wide essay and scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th-grade students attending public high school in Tulsa County, where prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants.

Students will choose an historical event of racial injustice from a list of resources on the essay website and compose a 800-1000 word essay that explores the connection between a particular historical event and present-day issues related to racial injustice. Essays will be accepted through Friday, April 25th.

Winners will be notified in late May and announced at a public ceremony (safety permitting) on May 31st, 2021.

We encourage all 9th-12th grade students in public schools across Tulsa County to take part in learning about and sharing the powerful history of racial injustice across our country. It is only by understanding our past that we can look forward to a brighter tomorrow.

Any students who are interested can visit to learn more and start an essay!

They can also reach out to coalition member and essay coordinator Nate Morris at

The coalition believes deeply in sharing the stories of our painful past that so often go untold, because it is only by facing our truth that we are able to make progress toward justice and true reconciliation.  We are inspired by the opportunity we have to engage our bold and brilliant community in commemorating and shaping our future, together. 

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