Ellsworth, Scott., The Groundbreaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice, Dutton, 2021.
Ellsworth, Scott, Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, Louisiana State University Press, 1982.
Franklin, Buck C., My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin, Louisiana State University Press, 1997.
The autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin provides a detailed and expansive historical view of B.C. Franklin’s life and times, professionally and personally. Through this work, readers gain a more in-depth view of B.C. Franklin as a pioneer and as a principal figure connected to Tulsa’s history. Additionally, it is an important text to understanding how his influence, work, and legacy remained and expanded well beyond Tulsa, Ok.
Gates, Eddie Faye, They Came Searching: How Blacks Sought the Promised Land in Tulsa, Eakin Press, 1997.
Gates, Eddie Faye, Riot on Greenwood: The Total Destruction of Black Wall Street 1921, Eakin Press, 2003.
Hill, Karlos., The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History, University of Oklahoma Press, 2021.
Hill presents a stunning and graphic compilation of photographs from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Readers might find the images difficult to move through. However, the truth, as represented in each photo, is revealed in a way that gives readers an undeniable glimpse into the events of 1921, before, during and after the race massacre.. From the publisher: OU Press, “At once captivating and disturbing, it will embolden readers to confront the uncomfortable legacy of racial violence in U.S. history.” The images have a deep and far-reaching purpose in representing the story of Tulsa’s Greenwood.
Johnson, Hannibal B., Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood, Eakin Press, 1998.
Johnson, Hannibal B., Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District, Arcadia Publishing, 2014.
Johnson, Hannibal B., Black Wall Street 100–An American City Grapples with Its Historical Racial Trauma, Eakin Press, 2020.
One of several texts emerging during the 100-year commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, readers are guided through a rich and detailed history of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street and the 1921 events of the race massacre. Here, though, the content connects to a deeper understanding of how that history defines, shapes, and illuminates the path to what the author notes as “regeneration” and “renaissance” moving forward to a “new day”. The text includes photographic images and a photographic exposition of Tulsa’s Greenwood District. The final appendix is a 48-page curriculum guide recommended for grades 8-12+. Readers will find that understanding the history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre requires a critical shift to focus on how a community has evolved and continues to evolve post-1921.
Little, Mabel B., with Hare, N. H. and Hare, J. H., (2nd printing), Fire on Mount Zion: My Life and History as a Black Woman in America, Melvin B. Tolson Black Heritage Center, Langston University, 2018.
This text captures the life story of Mabel B. Little, a significant figure connected to Tulsa’s Greenwood. The text begins with Little’s first-hand account of the events of 1921 and moves through several chapters that illuminate Little’s life. Little notes writing accounts of her life at the age of 93. She introduces one chapter with, “We forget too soon. We cast off our ancestors and our heroes and forget our enemies as a people. Sometimes it seems we have permanent amnesia” (p. 89).
Madigan, Tim., The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2021.
Another work published during the Centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Madigan provides poignant accounts told through the lens of survivors and witnesses who experienced events of the massacre first hand. According to the author, stories are supplemented by newspaper accounts and legal documents consulted during his research. Madgan positions himself as an unlikely candidate for this work but presents details of the “burning” that move through the depths of a community and a people not defined by the events but by determination and resilience. As with any text positioned in historical detail, the reading is potentially dense at times. However, the author is careful to illuminate the voices of the survivors and witnesses as the principal focus for the text.
Moreno, Carlos., The Victory of Greenwood, Jenkin Lloyd Jones, 2021.
This text offers a detailed perspective of the stories connected to Tulsa’s Greenwood and the events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. In Moreno’s words, “This isn’t a book about the massacre.” The accounts highlight people and places significant to Tulsa’s Greenwood and shifts the scope beyond the tragic events of 1921. Moreno challenges readers to, “begin a new conversation about Greenwood.” Through the richness of Moreno’s writing, readers can connect these stories to the community forever changed by the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. But they also walk away with a call to remember and to celebrate the spirit of Tulsa’s historic Greenwood, past, present, and future.
Link to site: https://thevictoryofgreenwood.com/
Parrish, Jones Mary E., The Nation Must Awake: My Witness to the Tulsa Massacre of 1921, Trinity University Press, 2021.
This text is described as a compilation of the eyewitness accounts of Mary E. Jones Parrish. It includes colorful cover art, introductions by John Hope Franklin and Scott Ellsworth and an afterword by Anneliese Bruner, great granddaughter to Mary Parrish. The content is drawn from Parrish’s account previously published under the title, Events of the Tulsa Disaster. The cover art, by artist Ajamu Kojo, lends a colorful appeal to the text and perspectives from John Hope Franklin, Scott Ellsworth, and Anneliese Bruner draw the reader into the text, adding background and historical narrative for the reader to consider. The reader might find it easy to move through the text with respect to its organization and readability. Potentially, this also makes it more accessible for classroom use. Unlike the 2016 printing of Events of the Tulsa Disaster, there are limited images or photos included in this text.
Tulsa Race Riot: A Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, Feb. 2011, CreateSpace Independent Publishing,
Those familiar with the report will find this a useful text outlining the impact of the Commission, why it was formed, and how its findings lent a more in-depth element into understanding the events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre (then most widely known as a “riot”.) Published 90 years after the Race Massacre, the report is framed within the 1997 House Joint Resolution No. 1035. The report includes multiple sections outlining investigations into areas such as confirmed deaths, location of potential mass graves, and riot property loss. The text is dense with facts and notes the scope of the Commission’s authority, what they were purposed to do, and what was not within the scope of their work. This is potentially helpful for those wanting a more linear view of the Commission’s findings and an overview of details related to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre that became more widely known through the Commission’s work.