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Motown to Release Album Commemorating 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Ryan Cass

Motown is gearing up to release a collaborative album called Fire in Little Africa to commemorate the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The upcoming release is made up of a collection of songs from various Oklahoma hip-hop artists.

According to a statement, the collection "gets to the truth of what happened on May 31 and June 1, 1921 when a white mob descended on the streets of Greenwood — then a prosperous Tulsa neighborhood known as Black Wall Street — and burned down the business district, destroying roughly 1,500 homes, killing hundreds and leaving thousands of Black Tulsans homeless."

Fire in Little Africa, recorded over a 5 day period in 2020, was also captured in a documentary film set to be released later this year. The album is expected on May 28, three days before the tragedy's 100th anniversary.

Otis is the late morning host on WFPK. Email Otis at ojunior@lpm.org

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