Resources for Teaching About Black Wall Street & The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
Thanks to funding by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, we have been able to develop classroom lesson plans for K-12 educators. View the lesson and check our site periodically for new lessons that will be added. Explore the other sections of our educator portal for additional resources to supplement these lessons.
1921 Family Learning Series
The Family Learning Series is a resource for families, to learn more about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and to use to have difficult conversations about race relations in America.
1921 Massacre Survivor Stories
A series of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre interviews were conducted by Eddie Faye Gates in collaboration with Mechelle Brown of the Greenwood Cultural Center. Many of the survivor interviews were filmed at the Mabel B Little Heritage House.
Black Wall Street Minecraft
Centered on the history of Black Wall Street and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, students will learn about diversity, social justice, allyship and entrepreneurship.
Mabel B. Little Heritage House
Originally named the Sam and Lucy Mackey house, the home was renamed to the Mabel B. Little Heritage House to honor both the accomplishments of Black Wall Street entrepreneurs and the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
View the lessons and check our site periodically for new lessons that will be added. Explore the other sections of our educator portal for additional resources to supplement these lessons.
Oral History Education 4th-12th
View guidelines for implementing oral history projects in the 4-12 classroom from the Oral History Association.
Oral History Education K-5th
View and download lessons for teaching oral history for grades K-5 including tips for differentiated instruction.
BWS & 1921 RESOURCES
Engaging Historical Documents with students
This is the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's "Kenneth E Behring Center’s Engaging Students With Primary Sources" guide. This educator’s guide provides suggestions on how to use different primary resources in the classroom as well as student worksheets for engaging with different types of primary sources.
Student worksheet resources for analyzing primary sources. Additionally, the worksheets are grouped by Early Elementary, Middle School, Secondary and English as a Second Language (ESL) learners.
The Red Cross was the only organization to provide sustained aid to the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Known for its assistance after natural disasters, after learning of the events of the Massacre and sending a representative (Maurice Willows) to investigate, it classified the Greenwood community as a natural disaster area, providing aid to the community until December 1921. This report is comprehensive in its detail of the loss experienced by the 1921 Greenwood community.
From a meeting one day after the Massacre, these Chamber of Commerce minutes provide a lens into the cause of the massacre and how to move forward from the perspective of the white business citizens at the time.
This report provides a historical lens into the events of the Race Riot and its subsequent absence from the Tulsa historical narrative for decades. Beginning on page 188 of the report, are maps and a chronological listing of the events of May 31 – June 1, 1921.
FAMILY LEARNING SERIES
The Family Learning Series is a resource for families, to learn more about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and to use to have difficult conversations about race relations in America. Each lesson features a 'Building Vocabulary' section or a Black Wall Street/1921 Tulsa Race Massacre resource. Before using the resource, parents should introduce their children to the lesson’s vocabulary. After using the resource, families will be able to discuss the vocabulary and the history presented, more in depth. We hope that this series of seven lessons provides families with a resource that both teaches history and leads to meaningful and rich conversations.