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Oklahoma begins Tulsa race massacre centennial remembrance

Emmy Award-winning actress and Tulsa native Alfre Woodard delivered remarks via video to a small crowd.
Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 file photo, Alfre Woodard arrives at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Oklahoma began a centennial remembrance Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 of a once-thriving African American neighborhood in Tulsa decimated by deadly white violence that has received growing recognition during America's reckoning over police brutality and racial violence. Emmy Award-winning actress and Tulsa native Alfre Woodard and U.S. Sen. James Lankford both delivered remarks via video to a small crowd that gathered in chilly, snowy weather at the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma has launched a centennial remembrance of a once-thriving African American neighborhood in Tulsa decimated by deadly white violence. 

The city's Greenwood District has received growing recognition during America’s reckoning over police brutality and racial violence. 

On Friday, Emmy Award-winning actress and Tulsa native Alfre Woodard and U.S. Sen. James Lankford both delivered remarks via video to a small crowd that gathered at the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park.

Violence erupted May 31 and June 1 in 1921, when a white mob killed an estimated 300 people and wounded 800 while burning 30 blocks of Black-owned businesses and homes.