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mm/dd/yy JUSTICE.

09/25/09 Members of Congressional Black Caucus view Before They Die!

04/01/09 Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduces the John Hope Franklin Tulsa-Greenwood Race Riot Claims Accountability Act of 2009.


11/17/08 Ground breaks on Tulsa’s John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park.

10/19/08 Before They Die! documentary premiers in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor hosts the screening and issues Tulsa’s first apology to the survivors.


04/24/07 Survivor Dr. Olivia J. Hooker and advocates testify at a Congressional hearing for HR 1843, which would extend the statute of limitations for survivors to file.


05/16/05 The U.S. Supreme Court dismisses the appeal without comment.

03/09/05 13 survivors testify before the United States Congress on behalf of their legal petition to extend the statute of limitations.

03/09/05 Survivors meet with then-Senator Barack Obama prior to testifying.


12/13/04 The US Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit votes not to grant a rehearing of the case.

09/08/04 The survivors file an appeal with the US Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit.


03/19/04 The lawsuit is dismissed due to statute of limitations having expired.

02/24/03 Survivors file their initial lawsuit with legal team led by Charles Ogletree and Johnny Cochran.


06/dd/01 The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Reconciliation Act mandates more than 300 college scholarships for descendants of Greenwood residents, mandates the creation of a memorial to those who died in the riot, and calls for economic development in Greenwood.

03/28/01 The Oklahoma State Legislatures awards the Oklahoma Medal of Distinction to the Tulsa Race Riot survivors.

02/21/01 The Tulsa Race Riot Commission releases its report with findings and recommendations for restitution.


11/14/97 Tulsa Race Riot Commission holds its first organizational meeting.

02/07/97 Oklahoma Rep. Don Ross (D-Tulsa) introduces House Joint Resolution 1035 to form the Tulsa Race Riot Commission.


05/31/21-06/01/21 White rioters attack the all-Black, Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa.

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