Lawmakers Stand Behind Race Riot Curriculum

Freezing rain didn't stop lawmakers and educators from gathering Tuesday morning at Douglass Mid-High to shed light on a dark subject: The nearly 98-year-old Tulsa race riot.

There were 37 confirmed deaths, with oral histories suggesting dozens or hundreds more, and the business district known as the Black Wall Street was destroyed in the riot, which occurred in late May and early June of 1921.

At a news conference held in Oklahoma City because of the ongoing legislative session, state Sen. Kevin Mathews, D-Tulsa, announced the launch of an online curriculum related to the riot. One-day and five-day lesson plans that include oral accounts by eyewitnesses, photographs and published reports can be accessed at