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100 years on from the brutal attack on the Black resident’s of Tulsa, OK, Public Schools in the area are now teaching their students what occurred. For many years the history of this massacre has been suppressed.
“We want to make sure that we are accurate, that we are engaging, that we are teaching our students to think critically and that we are offering them materials, but we also are not going to shy away from the fact that we are going to bring critical and powerful racially aware, bring a racially aware lens to this context and to this,” said TPS Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist at a Feb. 22 Board of Education meeting.
“We are not going to flinch away from that, because this is our history and we are here to address it,” said Gist, who noted that she attended TPS herself and did not learn about the massacre until later in life while working in Florida.