Media Alert: The Color of Wealth: The Destruction of Greenwood and Tulsa's Legacy of Loss

The Institute for Race and Political Economy at The New School and the Justice for Greenwood Foundation, Inc. will commemorate the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 with an event presenting timely data on the widening racial wealth gap in Tulsa, Oklahoma—site of one of the deadliest acts of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil.

Before that day in 1921, hundreds of thriving Black-owned businesses and organizations lined the streets of Tulsa’s celebrated Greenwood district. In a matter of hours, an angry White mob slaughtered, maimed, and terrorized hundreds of Greenwood's residents and burned nearly 40 square blocks of homes and businesses to the ground. During this lively discussion of those events, experts will examine: What is the state of the racial wealth gap today, 100 years later? How do chronic and ongoing racist policies and politics enrich White Tulsans at the expense of Black wealth, opportunity, and well-being?


  • Darrick Hamilton, Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy; Founding Director, The Institute on Race and Political Economy at The New School
  • Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League
  • Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood
  • Damario Solomon-Simmons, Tulsa-based Civil and Human Rights Attorney, Justice for Greenwood
  • Ofronama Biu, Research Affiliate, The Institute on Race and Political Economy

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
7:30PM to 8:45PM (EDT)

Register here to attend


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Media Contacts:

The New School
Merrie Snead


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