Oldest known survivor of Tulsa Race Massacre honored by politicians and celebrities

by The Black Wall Street Times
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Viola Fletcher waves to people driving by her apartment building, May, 10, 2020. Fletcher celebrated her 106th birthday and mothers day on the same day this year. (KTUL PHOTO)

Mother Fletcher, one of the last known living survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre, continues the fight to receive reparations in her lifetime.

In recognition of Viola “Mother” Fletcher’s 107th birthday, politicians, celebrities, and leading activists came together for a NowThis compilation video highlighting her century-long fight for justice and accountability, organizers of the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival (Legacy Fest) announced today.

Urgency to approve reparations grows

Mother Fletcher is one of the three last known living survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst occurrences of violence against Black people in U.S. history. In the 100 years since the atrocity, reparations have still not been paid and justice has never been served for the massacre’s living survivors and the descendants. The race for justice grows more urgent by the day to ensure that Mother Fletcher and the other living survivors receive reparations in their lifetimes. Mother Fletcher and the other survivors will be recognized at the Black Wall Street Legacy Fest, taking place at the end of May.

Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, lead organizer for the Legacy Fest, descendant of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and founder of the Terence Crutcher Foundationshared a video honoring Mother Fletcher’s strength and resilience as did journalist and television personality, Tiffany Cross.

“We are so humbled and honored by your presence, by your strength, by your resilience and we look forward to honoring even more in the next few weeks as we prepare to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. You have truly shown us what Black excellence is all about,” Dr. Tiffany Crutcher said.

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"Coming Home": Survivors of Tulsa Race Massacre taking trip to Ghana August 11, 2021 - 10:57 am

[…] Mother Fletcher and Uncle Red’s trip to Africa is referred to as “Coming Home: A Journey of a Lifetime.” While in Ghana, both will be honored. Mother Fletcher will be named “Queen Mother” in a traditional Ghanaian ceremony, while Uncle Red will be given the title of Chief.  […]

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