Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
National Day of Reconciliation & Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement
Still No Apology From ABC News For Ignoring the Tulsa Race Riot
National Day of the Remembrance of the Maafa in America
(Tulsa, OK – July 5, 2018) – May 31st and June 1st mark the anniversary one of the worst domestic terrorist acts in modern American history. The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, where 300 and one author estimates over 3,000 African Americans were violently killed and thousands displaced from their homes by fellow white Americans. The tragic event still receives no major coverage in the national media, while the anniversaries of the terrorist attack of the 2001 World Trade Center in New York, on 9/11, and the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing continues to receive major media attention. It is also known as the event that lead to the destruction of the prosperous Tulsa black business district known as Black Wall Street.
No acknowledgment by President Trump. No public acknowledgment by Congressional leaders. No news story on CNN. No coverage by FOX News. No discussion on MSNBC. No mention by the Governor of Oklahoma.
“During our National Juneteenth Memorial Maafa Wreath Laying Ceremony
, we have read the names of victims of lynching and racial acts of terrorism read aloud to those in attendance,”
states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., also Founder & Chairman
of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
, host of the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
, June 18-19, 2017, for many years in the nation’s capitol. “America needs healing from the legacy of enslavement and acts of racial violence. Our own domestic terrorist history should not be ignored, but embraced with honesty and a sincere desire for racial healing and reconciliation.”
) is a Kiswahili word that means “great calamity”, “catastrophe”, “tragedy or disaster”.
It is a term describing African Americans own unique holocaust and tragic loss of life in American history. This includes the Middle Passage
, where millions of Africans died on slave ships on the journey from the west coast of Africa to the Americas, the Red Summer of 1919
, where many African Americans were lynched and murdered across the nation, the Black Medical Maafa
in remembrance the AMA apology to black physicians
for years racial discrimination, leading to record death rates in the black community and the modern day Maafa
of black youth violence and abortion.
Dr. Myers, who has was appointed National Advisory Chairman of America’s Black Holocaust Museum by late museum’s founder, Dr. James Cameron, a lynching survivor, was encouraged by the Senate apology for lynching during the week of Juneteenth in 2005. Dr. Myers worked closely with former Congressman Tony Hall (D-OH) in initial efforts to get a congressional apology for slavery. He also worked with Virginia state legislator Del. Frank Hargrove to have Juneteenthrecognized as a state holiday observance as a first step toward the passage of a resolution to apologize for slavery.
“The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 should not be ignored,”
states Dr. Myers. “It should be embraced by all Americans as a part of history that demonstrates how far we have come and yet need to go to bring closure to decades of racial violence.”
The National Juneteenth Memorial Maafa Wreath Laying Ceremony
will take place on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the Lincoln Park Emancipation Memorial
. The memorial is located across the street from Lincoln Park United Methodist Church
, Rev., Dr. Diane Dixon-Proctor, 1301 N. Carolina Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC
, beginning at 12:00noon
In recent years, Maafa services have been held as a part of Juneteenth observances across the country, including New Orleans, Louisiana and Burlington, Vermont. Other Maafa services are also held throughout the year, especially in New York at St. Paul Community Baptist Church.
“We humbly request all Americans of consciousness to join us in the remembrance of the thousands Americans who have been victims of racial violence in America,” states Rev. Myers. “We hope that President Trump will personally acknowledge the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 as a remembrance of the Maafa, as has been done for the tragic loss of life during Patriot Day, 9/11. We also hope President Trump will also acknowledge the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement, on the ‘18th of June’ every year.”
For information on the National Juneteenth Maafa Memorial Service, the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement, the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-392-2016, or e-mail: