Written by: Kyle Colley
May 31th 2021, marked the 100th Anniversary of the Massacre of Black Wall Street. During this bloody raid in the Greenwood district, an estimated 800+ black people were injured, 55-300 were killed and 1,000 houses and businesses were destroyed.
For much of the Massacre's history, the events were largely erased from history and not taught in schools.
Because of this, we thought it would be helpful to share a list of 13 books about this horrific Massacre. The purpose of this list is to not only learn more of the history of Black Wall Street but to also learn from history so that we break the chains of repeating it.
Full Book List:
1. The Ground Breaking: The Tulsa Race Massacre and an American City's Search for Justice’ by Scott Ellsworth
2. Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921’ by Scott Ellsworth
3. Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma’ by Hannibal Johnson
4. My Life And An Era’ by Buck Colbert Franklin
5. The Burning: Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921’ by Tim Madigan , adopted for young readers by Hilary Beard
6. Tulsa, 1921: Reporting a Massacre’ by Randi Krehbiel
7. Magic City' by Jewell Parker Rhodes
8. Anatomy of Four Race Riots’ by Lee Williams and Lee Williams II
9. Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District’ By Hannibal Johnson
10. The Nation Must Awake : My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921’ by Mary E. Jones Parrish
11. Angel of Greenwood’ by Randi Pink
12. Opal’s Greenwood Oasis’ by Najah-amatullah Hylton, Quraysh Ali Lansana and illustrated Skip Hill
13. Across the Tracks: Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre and Black Wall Street’ by Alverne Ball and Illustrated Stacey Robinson