About the commission
The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Centennial Commission will leverage the rich history surrounding the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot by facilitating actions, activities, and events that commemorate and educate all citizens.
The projects of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Centennial Commission will educate Oklahomans and Americans about the Race Riot and its impact on the state and Nation; remember its victims and survivors; and create an environment conducive to fostering sustainable entrepreneurship and heritage tourism within the Greenwood District specifically, and North Tulsa generally.
SENATOR KEVIN MATTHEWS - COMMISSION CHAIR
Senator Kevin L. attended Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma from 1978-1981, where he pledged Phi Beta Sigma. He later earned a degree in Fire Protection Technology while serving 25 years on the Tulsa Fire Department. He retired in January 2010 as the Administrative Fire Chief (Chief of Personnel) of a 694-person Fire Department, with budget responsibility of approximately $52 million dollars.
During his career as a Chief Officer, he completed the four-year Middle Management Curriculum at the National Fire Academy, and the five-year Executive Development Institute at Dillard University. In 2013, Matthews was one of two persons in the Oklahoma Legislature selected to attend the Darden School of business "Emerging Leaders" program at the University of Virginia and was a 2015 graduate of Leadership Oklahoma.
Senator Matthews has owned a number of businesses, as well as multiple interest in real estate and wholesale retail ventures, most of which are located in the North Tulsa and Greenwood area. Matthews is passionate about seeing the North Tulsa community as the prosperous and successful community it once was.
JAMAAL NASH-DYER - PROJECT DIRECTOR
Jamaal Nash-Dyer is a Tulsa native and Booker T. Washington High School graduate. Dyer earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with emphasis in Broadcast Journalism in from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. He later obtained a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Langston University and is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate at Family and Youth Intervention Services.
Jamaal is actively involved in many civic, religious and professional organizations. His passion is to help the young people in his community overcome adversity, understand their worth and become successful. Jamaal helped organize the "Tulsa Talks" conversation series designed to give the community an opportunity to engage in dialogue with city employees, local law enforcement, and legal representatives in hope to establish a rapport among all parties. Jamaal is also one of the founding members of RISE 1922, an organization that educates, empowers and unifies urban professionals as transformative change agents through community, business and professional development.
He currently serves as a board member for the Booker T. Washington High School Foundation for Excellence and Tulsa Legacy Charter Schools. Jamaal is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
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The Commission is dedicated to gaining the perspective of the community and would like to give the community a platform to voice their ideas, provide feedback, and even express concerns. Please fill out the form and we will review.