Tulsa Reparations Coalition
Sponsored by The Center for Racial Justice, a 501(3)(c) tax-exempt non-profit corporation
1314 North Greenwood Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74106    (918) 378-8838

The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma is haunted by a past that remains unresolved - The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.  The Oklahoma State Legislature authorized a commission in 1997 to research this devastating event. After 3 1/2 years of research during which the Commission examined over 20,000 pages of documentation, the Commission delivered their report to the Governor, the State Legislature, the Mayor of Tulsa and the Tulsa City Council.  The commission recommended five specific reparations to the Greenwood community, the living survivors and their descendants.

The Tulsa Reparations Coalition (TRC) is sponsored by the Center for Racial Justice, Inc. a 501c3 organization.  TRC was organized on April 7, 2001 in response to the Race Riot Report and its sound reparations recommendations.  Two years later, little has been done by any government entity (entities that the report said were the only appropriate ones to implement reparations) to address the recommendations of the commission.    The State of Oklahoma Legislature has taken some positive half steps.  The City of Tulsa has remained silent on the issue, taking no action or stance except to say that they legally cannot make cash reparations payments without being sued.

A prestigious legal team is working for the survivors pro bono publico .  A complaint has been filed in United States District Court (Warning: This is a very large document and you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this file).  The Oklahoma Eagle Reports that the City and State motions to dismiss the suit were denied.  U.S. Senior District Judge James Ellison then dismissed the Tulsa race riot lawsuit citing statute of limitations. The legal team has appealed this decision to the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeal was heard in Cheyenne Wyoming on June 21, 2004 before the three-judge panel. The 10th circuit three judge panel ruled that the statute of limitations has expired. The legal team requested a rehearing by the 10th circuit court en banc. On December 13, 2004 the 13 judge panel denied a rehearing en banc.  Judges Lucero and Seymour dissented. The legal team is currently reviewing their options. A Documentary about the Survivors of the Tulsa Race Riot and their quest for justice is available. The name of the movie is Before They Die!.

Our coalition has the support of the majority of living survivors and we act on their behalf in the hope of rectifying this past injustice.  Time is short to make reparations to living survivors.  They are elderly and frail and several have died this past year.  The survivors and the African American Community of Tulsa need your support today so that another year does not pass without real solutions to this Tulsa tragedy being implemented.

The Tulsa Reparations Coalition is in involved in activities that require your support.  Activities like donating copies of the Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 to local schools.  If you can support our cause please donate.

We hope that the links provided below will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.  We invite you to read the Commission Report, related books and articles and the stories of the survivors

Tulsa Race Riot - A Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
Books on the Tulsa Race Riot
Additional online information on the Tulsa Race Riot

Meet The Survivors - Survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot and their stories.

Tulsa Reparations Coalition Statement of Endorsement
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Activities related to the Tulsa Race Riot.

Frequently Asked Questions about reparations.

About The Tulsa Reparations Coalition

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