TULSA, Okla. – President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will travel to Tulsa, Okla. to participate in commemorative centennial events for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The announcement comes just days after descendants and survivors of the Massacre testified before a congressional subcommittee on Capitol Hill.
Survivors and some descendants met privately with Biden’s team in West Wing
Following the congressional testimony, several Tulsans attended a West Wing meeting to discuss a range of topics including H.R. 40 on reparations, The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and a now-confirmed visit to Tulsa for the Massacre centennial, though the president himself wasn’t there at the time. Among those in attendance from the Oklahoma delegation were Terence Crutcher Foundation founder and executive director Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, The Black Wall Street Times editor-in-chief Nehemiah Frank and community activist and former mayoral candidate Gregory Robinson II.
President Joe Biden’s team is still determining the logistics of his visit. But what we do know is that President Biden is expected to visit with the living survivors—Lessie Benningfield “Mother” Randle (106), Viola “Mother” Fletcher (107) and her brother Hugh Van Ellis (100)—and some descendants of survivors of the Massacre.
Visitors from across the country will gather at events organized by the community-led Black Wall Street Legacy Festival.
Additional details will be provided as they become available.