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Oklahoma High School Football State Championship Games:
UCO welcomes Oklahoma high school football state championship teams and fans to our campus for the 2022 OSSAA high school football championship games, Dec. 1-10. Visit the Championship Central website for more info.

Tulsa Race Massacre Commemoration Week

The University of Central Oklahoma hosted several events to educate and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

“After the Ashes: Reflecting on the Past” invited the UCO and Edmond community to engage in an array of programs that encouraged critical discussion and reflection on a significant piece of Oklahoma history. 


What was the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre?

According to the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, after World War I, Tulsa, Oklahoma – more specifically Greenwood, Tulsa – became nationally recognized for its thriving and affluent African American community (Greenwood). This prosperous community, including extremely successful business districts and residential areas, were known as Black Wall Street.

On May 30, 1921 a young black man named Dick Rowland entered an elevator in Drexel Building with a white woman named Sarah Page. While details of what happened on the elevator are unclear, even more still questions about why both Dick Rowland and Sarah Page working on Memorial Day abound. What is certain is that the next morning on May 31st Dick Rowland was arrested.

An intense stand-off at the Sheriff’s office between the white and black community ended in shots being fired and became the catalyst for thousands of white rioters looting and burning the Greenwood community (over 35 city blocks). More than 800 people were treated for injuries and while the report of the time listed 36 deaths, historians believe as many as 300 people died.

For more information about commemoration week, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion by email at odi@uco.edu or by phone at 405-974-3588