Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries is calling on members of the interfaith organization to participate in a symbolic effort of raising $100,000 for reparations to be paid to the remaining direct survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre and contribute to the ongoing effort for the Greenwood community. All Souls partnered with TMM in the early 2000s to raise money and give reparations as an act of solidarity and call to action for the City of Tulsa to do the same.
On Monday, May 10 at 7 pm via Zoom, All Souls is partnering with TMM once again to continue the conversation around reparations, the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and how faith communities and leaders can impact this important work.
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100 years Later: A Reparations Discussion will include commentary and perspectives from Aliye Shimi executive director of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries; Rev. Robert Turner pastor of Vernon AME and Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, senior minister of All Souls.
In February of 2021, Rev. Robert Turner joined Rev. Lavanhar on the Chancel of All Souls to discuss his weekly activism at City Hall, calling for reparations to the survivors and descendants of victims of the Massacre.
“Over the years, there hasn’t been anything done to correct the damage the 1921 Race Massacre inflicted on the African-American community,” Rev. Turner said. “Reparations is an attempt to repair the historical and systemic damage the massacre caused—1,256 homes torched, over 600 businesses destroyed, and over 300 people killed in an 18 hour period.”
Civic Responsibility. Moral Imperative.
“Paying reparations to the survivors, descendants, and Greenwood community is a civic responsibility. Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries, and Tulsa’s faith communities, are calling on the City to move forward with repaying the debt made by the strategic destruction that was led by city leaders a century ago,” Shimi said.
“Many of our faith communities see the issue of reparations for the Tulsa Race Massacre as a moral imperative. The debt of a racist massacre and 100 years of failing our Black citizens has been made and it needs to be paid in the Centennial year,” Rev. Lavanhar said.
Following the conversation on Monday, May 10 at 7 pm central, there will be opportunities for questions moderated via Zoom. Registration is required to attend the online event. To register, go to allsouls.me/reparations.
On Tuesday, May 10 at 7 pm central, All Souls invites the wider community to join Rev. Barbara Prose and Dr. Tiffany Crutcher for a conversation around racial healing and justice. Dr. Crutcher joined Rev. Prose during a service in June, 2020. This event will be held online as part of our ‘In Her Honor’ series in recognition of Justice Ginsburg’s contributions to women. ‘In Her Honor’ lifts up the progress and continued struggles of women’s rights. To register, go to allsouls.me/ihh.