Organizers: Dispute over paying 3 survivors & reparations fund scrapped Tulsa event

The Associated Press - May 29, 2021 7:49 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsans working on events commemorating the 1921 Race Massacre say a dispute over monetary payments to survivors led to the cancellation of a headline event.

Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons says he submitted a list of requests to the 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission that included direct payments to survivors, but an agreement couldn’t be met.

Centennial Commission Chairman Sen. Kevin Matthews says the group had agreed to a $100,000 payment to each of the three survivors and $2 million in seed money for a reparations fund. However, Matthews says Solomon-Simmons then increased that request to $1 million per survivor and $50 million in seed money.

The disagreement highlights broader debates over reparations for racial injustice.

 

Latest Stories

Oklahoma County jail mistakenly releases drug dealer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A convicted drug dealer and sentenced to 25 years in prison is...

Flight Academy Inspires Airborne Dreams For Youth

by Capt. Brandon Lunsford, CAP   TULSA, Okla. (June 20, 2021) – The Civil Air Patrol’s...

Arkansas City man in Ponca City for allegedly discharging a firearm

Strychalski also accused of aggravated battery, criminal threat, fleeing scene   ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 18,...