Marist Trustee Honors Black Lives Lost In Tulsa Tragedy 100 Years Ago


Alvin Patrick Jr. ’86, a member of the Marist College Board of Trustees and Executive Producer of CBS News’ Race and Culture Unit, announced his latest project, TULSA 1921: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY, a one-hour CBS News primetime special marking the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, to be aired on the CBS Television Network Monday, May 31 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT. In addition, it will be presented on BET on Tuesday, June 1 at 11:00 PM, ET and Smithsonian Channel on Tuesday, June 1 at 10:00 PM, ET.

According to CBS, this primetime special will, “feature first-person storytelling by 17 survivors, descendants, historians, and thought leaders, and will look at the worst massacre on American soil ever, which unfolded on May 31 and June 1, 1921, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On those two days, white Tulsans attacked, killed, destroyed, and pillaged their Black neighbors, leaving about 300 people dead and razing a business district in the Greenwood section of Tulsa known as Black Wall Street.”

“These were two days that will live in infamy,” says Alvin Patrick ’86. “It is important on this 100th anniversary to reflect on this tragedy, to educate people about what happened and examine how the massacre still reverberates today in Tulsa and across the country.”

In February, Patrick was presented with the Leadership in Journalism Award from the New York City-based nonprofit, One Hundred Black Men (OHBM). Read more about Patrick’s OHBM award.

Click here to read more about what to expect from the CBS News primetime special: TULSA 1921: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. 

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