100th anniversary of Tulsa Race Massacre focus of Park’s Annual Black History Lecture

The burning of Tulsa in 1921 took place when a white mob attacked residents, homes and businesses in the predominantly Black Greenwood neighborhood. Reports estimate 50 to 300 people were killed. 

PARKVILLE — A discussion surrounding the events of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Race Massacre, also known as the Tulsa Race Riot, will be the topic addressed during Park University’s 20th annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture on Monday, Feb. 22. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held virtually at park.edu/spencercavelecture starting at 3 p.m.

Randy Krehbiel, a staff writer at the Tulsa World, will be the featured guest speaker discussing the events of May 31 and June 1, 1921, considered one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history. According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, more than 1,000 homes and businesses were destroyed and death estimates ranged from 50 to 300.

Park University’s Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series is named for Cave, a man born into slavery at the start of the Civil War. After moving to Parkville, Cave worked for the university for more than 70 years before his death in 1947.

“In homage to Cave, Park University started this lecture series to expound on the many contributions African Americans have made toward our nation’s success,” states a release.