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Tulsa Mayor Hosts “Before They Die!” Premiere Screening and Benefit for Tulsa Race Riot Survivors

Before They Die Premiere Poster

Before They Die Premiere Poster

On October 19, 2008 the Mayor of Tulsa will host the premiere screeing of Before They Die!, with special guest appearance by Tulsa native Alfre Woodard. The event will also be a fund raiser to benefit the Survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. This event is a step in the journey to healing for the Tulsa community. All living Tulsa Race Riot survivors are being invited to attend the event. General admission tickets are $25, information on purhcasing tickets and making donations for the benefit can be found at



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Tulsa Race Riot Survivors Tell Story on Comcast

Mr. Otis Clark & Professor Suzette Malveaux Mr. Otis Clark & Dr. Olivia Hooker
Tulsa Race Riot Survivors Mr. Otis Clark, Dr. Olivia Hooker and Mr. Wes Young will be telling their stories on Comcast Channel CN8, Art Fennell Reports, at 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on December 27th and January 8th. If you don’t get Comcast, you can see it on the Internet by going to the website

at the same time and on the same dates. Their first hand accounts were taped at Temple University Law School in a Symposium sponsored by Temple, the Lomax Companies, and Harvard Law’s School Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice on October 22, 2007. They did a great job – it was an amazing and inspiring event. Professors Charles Ogletree, Dean Reinstein and Suzette Malveaux commented on the case.

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Tulsa Race Riot Historical Photos – Slide Show

A look at the Tulsa Race Riot through historical photos set to music. This video has has over 5,000 views on You Tube.

Music by Michael Franti and Spearhead, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy.


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Hearing on H.R.40 in House Judiciary Committee

Professor Charles Ogeltree

Professors Charles Ogletree and Eric Miller testified before the House Judiciary Committee on behalf of HR 40. A video of their historic testimony on behalf of HR 40 is now available on the House Judiciary Committee’s website:

Charles’ testimony begins at 40 minutes in and Eric’s begins at 3 hours, 56 minutes in. All of the testimony is really worth listening to—including those who spoke against HR 40, especially Stephen Thernstorm (of Harvard’s history department).


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A Chance to Meet Living History

Over the next few days and weeks we will introduce you to survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, like Mr. Otis Clark, Mr. Otis Clark who at 104, is the oldest known living survivor. We’ll have audio and video so that you can really get to know these amazing people. We will also tell you about the documentary that has followed the Survivors’ quest for justice through the US legal system all the way to the Supreme Court and the international arena.

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Hear Tulsa Race Riot Survivors’ Case

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will convene a hearing on March 2, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST (2 p.m. to 3 p.m. GMT), on the Tulsa Race Riot. The hearing is a result of a petition by the Survivors of the Tulsa Race Riot to the Organization of American States.

The proceedings can be heard live on the Internet at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights web site The audio will be available for a limited time for download at the site after the hearing.
Tulsa Race Riot Survivors at the Supreme Court Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. lead attorney for the Tulsa Race Riot Survivors will present the case. In attendance will be Mr. Otis Clark, who at age 104 is the oldest known living survivor, and Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, the first African-American female officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

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“What the History Books Won’t Teach You…”

Welcome to the Before They Die documentary blog.

The worn, tattered books in the photo at the top of this blog reflect what history has had to say about the 1921 Tusla Race Riot – the absence of titles on the spines of the books says it all… NOT MUCH. Just as the torn books are in need of repair, so to the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot are in need of reparations. Unlike other US citizens who have been compensated for terroists acts that have occur on US soil (the Japanese-Americans after WWII, 911 victims, Oklahoma City bombing), the Tulsa Race Riot survivors are still waiting. Many of the survivors could no longer wait on this earth for the justice that had long eluded them. But there are those who are still waiting to see justice prevail…BEFORE THEY DIE.


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