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WASHINGTON — May 31 marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, one of the deadliest attacks against a community of Black people in the history of the United States. It’s a tragedy the mainstream press largely ignored both at the time of the massacre and in the decades that followed. In fact, mainstream media have not only largely disregarded the history of systemic violence and harm against Black people but have also fueled white supremacy. As we recognize this important anniversary, It’s time to hold the media to account.

Today, May 27, Media 2070 will convene a press call with Tulsa Star Executive Editor Timantha Norman and Black Wall Street Times Associate Editor Deon Osborne to commemorate the hundreds who lost their lives during the 1921 massacre. The conversation will explore how establishment media took part in the tragedy, and continue to support state violence against Black communities. We will recognize the media’s harmful role over the past century while highlighting ways they can serve as a lever for racial justice — and underscore the repair and reconciliation necessary to build strong, free, equitable and democratic communities.

Speakers will also discuss Media 2070’s plans to encourage media institutions to make reparations to the Black community and for regulators and lawmakers to make reparations for policies that have baked inequities into our media system.

Please join us:

WHAT: “Newsrooms & Black Truths: 100 Years After the Tulsa Massacre”
Thurs., May 27, 2–3 p.m. ET
WHO:  Timantha Norman, Tulsa Star executive editor; Deon Osborne, Black Wall Street Times associate editor; Alicia Bell, Media 2070 co-founder and director; Collette Watson, Media 2070 co-founder and Free Press vice president of cultural strategy; Joseph Torres, Media 2070 co-founder and author of the New York Times bestseller News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media

Opening remarks will be followed by a reporter Q&A.

Media 2070 is a project of Free Press.

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