The Black Wall Street Times’ 2021 photos of the year

by Deon Osborne, Associate Editor
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As 2021 draws to a close, our team at The Black Wall Street Times would like to share our most memorable moments of coverage this year. From Tulsa’s largest Juneteenth celebration in history and the 100 Year Centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre to the clemency hearings for former death row captive Julius Jones, our team of photographers have gone above and beyond to deliver the moments that matter.

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The last three known living survivors in a horse-drawn carriage during commemoration events honoring the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Hughes Van Ellis (left), Lessie Benningfield Randle (center) and Viola Fletcher (right) May.(Photo by Mike Creef / The Black Wall Street Times)

Tulsa Race Massacre survivor “Mother” Viola Ford Fletcher (107) looks on as her brother and veteran Hughes Van Ellis (100) receives honors. (Photo by Christopher Creese / The Black Wall Street Times)

Hughes Van Ellis, a living survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and World War II Veteran receives honors from the Oklahoma National Guard, which apologized for its role in perpetuating the Tulsa Race Massacre on May 31, 2021. (Photo by Christopher Creese / The Black Wall Street Times)

Tulsa City Council Chair Vanessa Hall-Harper speaks to a crowd gathered for events commemorating the Centennial anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. (Photo by Christopher Creese / The Black Wall Street Times)

Justice for Greenwood

Member of the Justice for Greenwood campaign meet with Vice President Kamala Harris on May 18, 2021. (Photo by Official White House Staff / Justice for Greenwood & The Black Wall Street Times)

Joey Crutcher speaks to a crowd honoring his late son, Terence Crutcher Sr. Tulsans joined together at a candlelight vigil outside the 36 Street North Event Center on Thursday, September 16 exactly five years after the police murder of Terence Crutcher Sr. (Photo by Christopher Creese / The Black Wall Street Times)

Madeline Jones-Davis

“Mama” Madeline Jones-Davis speaks to reporters at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2021 pleading for Gov. Stitt to approve clemency for her son Julius Jones. (Photo by Christopher Creese / The Black Wall Street Times)

Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District hosted the largest Juneteenth celebration in the country in 2021. (Photo by Christopher Creese / The Black Wall Street Times)

A large crowd cheers as they watch performances during Greenwood’s 2021 Juneteenth festival. (Photo by Christopher Creese / The Black Wall Street Times)

Faith leader Cece Jones-Davis (no relation) and Antoinette Jones, sister of Julius Jones (right) speak to journalist Deon Osborne after the Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-1 to recommend clemency on Nov 1, 2021. (Photo by Mike Creef / The Black Wall Street Times)

So Focus Photos by R.Tolar

Black Teens defy stereotypes by dressing up, wearing masks and proudly sporting the names of murdered victims of police violence (Photo by R. Tolar / Justice for Julius & The Black Wall Street Times)

Hughes Van Ellis

1921 Tulsa Race Massacre survivor, Mr. Hughes Van Ellis “Uncle Red” testifies before the US Congress on how the massacre negatively impact his life and family on May 19, 2021 at 10 am EST. (Photo by Nehemiah D. Frank / The Black Wall Street Times)

Nehemiah Frank of The Black Wall Street Times and Mr. Jerry Goodwin of the Oklahoma Eagle cut the ribbon as a crowd cheers on the grand opening of The Black Wall Street Times’ new storefront/office on May 28, 2021. (Photo by Mike Creef / The Black Wall Street Times)

Rapper Big Freedia reaches toward the hand of a fan at a performance at Tulsa Pride at the end of June 2021. (Photo by Christopher Creese / The Black Wall Street Times)

Omaley B performs “My City’s on Fire” accompanied by Tony Williams at Greenwood’s 2021 Juneteenth Festival. (Photo by Christopher Creese, with The Black Wall Street Times)

Dr. Tiffany Crutcher and Greg Robinson III

Dr. Tiffany Crutcher and Greg Robinson III listen to “Mother” Viola Fletcher, a 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre survivor, testify before US Congress on the impact the massacre had on her personal life, her family and community on May 19, 2021, at 10 am EST. (Photo by Nehemiah D. Frank / The Black Wall Street Times)

Soil Collection Ceremony

Soil Collection Ceremony of lynched victims from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. (Photo by Christopher Creese / The Black Wall Street Times)

Palpable frustration and anger filled the air as members of the community watched the City of Tulsa rush through a reburial of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre victims despite calls from researchers and city leaders to postpone the reburial until the identities of the victims could be discovered. (Photo by Mike Creef / The Black Wall Street Times)

Artist Branjae performs at a mural unveiling of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. (Photo by Christopher Creese / The Black Wall Street Times.)

Nehemiah D. Frank

Editor in Chief Nehemiah D. Frank of The Black Wall Street Times reviews a 1920s Ku Klux Klan roaster at the McFarlin Library at the University of Tulsa ( Photo by Mike Creef / The Black Wall Street Times)

Julius Jones

Julius Jones supporters break down in tears after Gov. Stitt grants partial clemency hours before Jones’ scheduled execution on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2021. (Chris Creese / The Black Wall Street Times)

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