Remembering Tulsa Racial Attacks Of 1921

Monday marked the 100th anniversary of one of the most violent racial attacks in American history. Hundreds of Black people were killed when a white mob in Tulsa, Oklahoma rioted. Homes and businesses in the neighborhood known as Black Wall Street were burned to the ground. CBS2's Danya Bacchus reports.

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DICK BRENNAN: It is the 100th anniversary of one of the most violent racial attacks in American history. Hundreds of Black people were killed when a white mob in Tulsa, Oklahoma, rioted.

JESSICA MOORE: Homes and businesses in the neighborhood known as Black Wall Street were burned to the ground. CBS 2's Danya Bacchus reports.

[APPLAUSE]

DANYA BACCHUS: Two of the three living survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre attended a final soil collection on Standpipe Hill.

[SINGING]

Honoring the remaining unknown victims who perished there.

KRISTI WILLIAMS: I also call this the Valley of the Dry Bones, and these bones have been speaking out for a very long time.

DANYA BACCHUS: This Memorial Day is the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, in which a white mob killed some 300 Black residents and destroyed the thriving Greenwood Business District.

MICHAEL C. THOMPSON: For all of it to be gone in the course of a day, it's just heartbreaking. It was heartbreaking then, and it's heartbreaking now.

DANYA BACCHUS: The emotional and economic effects have been felt for generations and sidelined in the history books.

JALEN RILEY: I remember specifically being told that they were not allowed to speak about any of the stuff that happened here, and that's, like, not OK.

DANYA BACCHUS: Jalen and Isaiah Riley's parents brought them to the only building that withstood the massacre, Vernon AME Church, for the dedication of a prayer wall, where everyone is welcome to pray for racial healing.

MEGAN MCARTHUR: It's a beautiful diverse group of people. We want to be a support, stand in support, of everyone who is, like, seeking reparations and who is seeking that healing that never came.

DANYA BACCHUS: Monday's Remember and Rise event at ONEOK Field, featuring singer John Legend and a speech from activist Stacey Abrams, was abruptly canceled just days before. Legend tweeted he looks forward to visiting in the near future and for reparations for survivors and their descendants. Danya Bacchus, "CBS News," Tulsa, Oklahoma.