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Oklahoma Judge Will Allow Tulsa Race Massacre Lawsuit to Proceed

HeadlineMay 03, 2022

An Oklahoma judge has ruled that a lawsuit seeking reparations for the 1921 Tulsa race massacre can proceed. Tulsa County District Court Judge Caroline Wall made the ruling Monday in a packed courtroom as survivors Lessie Benningfield Randle, Viola Fletcher and Hughes Van Ellis looked on. All three survivors are over 100 years old. Over a span of 18 hours beginning on May 31, 1921, a white mob burned down what was known as “Black Wall Street,” the thriving African American neighborhood of Greenwood in Tulsa. An estimated 300 African Americans were killed.

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