Tulsa Race Centennial Commission SEEKS ORAL HISTORIES - DIVERSE VOICES

Tulsa, OK--The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission (“Centennial Commission”) seeks oral histories surrounding the tragic 1921 event. Of particular interest are the seldom-shared oral histories of white families whose ancestors participated in and/or observed the devastation of Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood Districts.

The Centennial Commission is committed to telling the full story, including the accounts of those who actively engaged in acts of destruction and criminality. Multiple perspectives and insights ultimately help us evaluate and understand what transpired and why.

If you and/or your family members have oral histories to share, you may do so anonymously. Simply call our hotline at 918.596.1024. You may leave your account as a short recording or, if anonymity is not a concern, request that someone contact you so that you have an opportunity to share. 

Your stories are important to the Centennial Commission and to our entire community. Help us get the word out, won’t you?


Please forward this email to folks in your network to ensure as many perspectives as possible are present. Email with questions.


About the commission

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission will leverage the rich history surrounding the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by facilitating actions, activities, and events that commemorate and educate all citizens.

The projects of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission will educate  Oklahomans and Americans about the Race Massacre 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.


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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.




A native of Ohio, Phil Armstrong has made Tulsa his home for more than 20 years. Armstrong has a varied background in the corporate sector and as an entrepreneur in the restaurant business and has been actively engaged in the community by serving on several non-profit boards, including the Barthelmes School for Music, Community Service Council, Reading Partners of Tulsa and as chairman of the board for the Greenwood Cultural Center. Armstrong holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Akron.

Phil will work with the Commission, its subcommittees and key Greenwood District organizations to execute plans for the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

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Jerica D. Wortham is a Tulsa, OK native. She is a best selling author and award winning spoken word artist. She has been writing and performing her poetry since a very young age.

In May 2012 Jerica founded  J’Parlé LLC, and started J’Parlé Literary Magazine. This endeavor gathered artists from all around the world, and provided a platform to those that were in some instances more comfortable with the pen than the mic...the mission: to give every voice a chance to be heard. In 2013 she was presented with the opportunity to host her very first live show; and J PARLE' Live was born!  An author, business coach, humanitarian and philanthropist, in October 2014 she founded the J’Parlé Scholarship fund where she was able to award local students and adults with funding to continue or pursue their education.

When she is not working, or teaching inmates with the Department of Corrections, she enjoys spending time with her husband Webster, and their two sons Solomon and Jonah.

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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. 

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