Greenwood is still burning.


of a 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Survivor?

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Justice for Greenwood Praises John Legend for Supporting Reparations for Survivors and Descendants of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre 

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 31, 2021) -- Justice for Greenwood praised nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, John Legend for issuing a lengthy statement, calling for a “true reckoning and reparations for the survivors and their descendants” of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and encouraging donations to Justice for Greenwood.

Damario Solomon-Simmons, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, and Greg Robinson of Justice for Greenwood said:  

“For a century, the survivors, descendants, and the community of Greenwood have been unable to shake the weight of the legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Its continued harms haunt us to this very day, contributing to the gross inequities leaving the Black community in Tulsa with a shortened life span, lower pay, fewer opportunities for job or economic mobility, higher rates of heart disease and diabetes, and a disturbing school-to-prison pipeline. The first step to addressing these systemic issues and dismantling the forces of white supremacy begins with respect, repair, and restitution. 

“Thank you to John Legend for honoring the survivors of the massacre and recognizing that the path forward for truth, justice, and accountability begins with reparations. Mother Randle, Mother Fletcher, and Hughes Van Ellis have waited long enough for justice — we cannot spare another day in delivering them reparations so we can begin to heal and move forward together.”

An excerpt from John Legend’s statement reads:

“Sending love to the people of Tulsa as they commemorate the Massacre of 100 years ago. While we won't be together tomorrow, I look forward to visiting with you in the near future, and, most importantly, to a true reckoning and reparations for the survivors and their descendants. To help the victims of Greenwood and their descendants receive justice and reparations, please consider donating:"

About the Justice for Greenwood Foundation 
The Justice for Greenwood Foundation is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) organization with a big vision: to get Respect, Reparations, and Repair for the Greenwood community for the near century of historical omissions and continued harm caused by the 1921 Massacre, through innovative legal strategies, public education, and advocacy.


Justice for Greenwood focuses on identifying, locating, and providing a platform for the descendants of the survivors of the Massacre to share their and their ancestors' stories. Our public education efforts will publicize these stories and educate about the Massacre and its ongoing impacts. Our advocacy efforts agitate for justice for survivors and descendants of those victimized by the Massacre and its continued harm. Justice for Greenwood supports strategies that bolster present-day Greenwood community and policies that deliver justice and pay reparations.


Color of Wealth: The Destruction of Greenwood & Tulsa's Legacy of Loss


The widening racial wealth gap in the United States is a troubling sign that millions of families are not equipped to offer better opportunities for future generations. Wealth allows families to make investments in homes, in education, in their own health, in businesses, and in other assets that create financial security for families and prosperity for entire communities.

The Institute for Race and Political Economy at The New School and the Justice for Greenwood Foundation, Inc. invite you to a live event and timely revelation of data on the widening racial wealth gap in Tulsa, Oklahoma - site of one of the deadliest acts of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil - the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.

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Injustice plus time

does not equal justice.


The three known living survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre testified before the House Judiciary Committee, Mother Randle (106), Mother Fletcher (107) and Hughes Van Ellis (100).

Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, Chief Egunwale Amusan, Professor Eric Miller (Loyola Law School) and Driesen Heath (Human Rights Watch) also testified.

Read the full testimony here.

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1. Financial compensation for the victims of the 1921  Massacre and their descendants;

2. Accountability for the perpetrators of the 1921 Massacre;

3. Document and publicize stories of the 1921 Massacre victims and their descendants; and

4. Tell the truth about what happened during and after the 1921 Massacre and its continued effect on victims and their descendants.

(918) 956-0544  •  [email protected]

Justice for Greenwood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.


US: Failed Justice
100 Years After
Tulsa Race Massacre

Commission Alienates Survivors;
State, City Should Urgently Ensure Reparations

The failure by city and state authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to provide comprehensive reparations has compounded the harms of the May 31, 1921, Tulsa race massacre on its upcoming centennial, Human Rights Watch said today in a briefing paper and accompanying video.

*Mother Fletcher (107 years old), the oldest known living survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

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Complete devastation, 300+ Black lives lost, 40 blocks leveled, $200million in damages

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Museums, history centers, memorials, erections of historical markers are not reparations... [they are not] compensation for the atrocities that took place right here on this sacred ground.

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The Massacre

May 31-June 1, 1921


The Continued Harm



Known Living Survivors

Mother Lessie Randle, Viola Fletcher & Hughes Van Ellis