"Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre"

Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history. The book traces the history of African Americans in Tulsa’s Greenwood district and chronicles the devastation that occurred in 1921 when a white mob attacked the Black community. News of what happened was largely suppressed, and no official investigation occurred for seventy-five years. This picture book sensitively introduces young readers to this tragedy and concludes with a call for a better future.

Read by Tamar Greene, who is George Washington in Hamilton on Broadway.

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Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre” written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper.Text copyright © 2021 by Carle Boston Weatherford. Illustrations copyright © 2021 by Floyd Cooper. Reprinted with the permission of Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. No part of this book may be used or reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise – without the prior written permission of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc., except for the inclusion of brief quotations in an acknowledged review.

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