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Rev. Dr. Robert Turner

Member of NAARC Assaulted by Racist Mob in Tulsa, OK

By NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements

On Wednesday, July 15, Rev. Robert Turner, a commissioner from the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) was assaulted, both physically and verbally, by an angry white mob outside of City Hall in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The incident was caught on cell phone video. Rev. Turner is the pastor of the historic AME Church in the Greenwood section of Tulsa, once known as ‘The Black Wall Street.’ The entire edifice of…

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A woman takes part in a rally to mark Juneteenth on June 19 in San Francisco.

Reparations need to be part of the conversation about racial justice

By Reparations

Police violence sparked an uprising, but racial equality demands economic reforms as well. By Nichole Nelson, The Washington Post — Over the past month, protests across the country, and even the world, have erupted in response to the death of George Floyd by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. While the protests have focused on police violence, the issues of racism are deeply rooted and multifaceted. In fact, addressing police…

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Rev. Dr. Robert Turner

Rev. Dr. Robert Turner Appointed to National Reparations Commission

By NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

Keeping the Tulsa Massacre on the National Agenda. New York, June 25, 2020 — Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), announced today that Rev. Dr. Robert Turner, Pastor of the Historic Vernon AME Church in the Greenwood/Black Wall Street Community of Tulsa, has been appointed to the Commission. Vernon AME Church was a proud beacon of hope in the community that came to be…

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Smoke rises from damaged properties after the Tulsa Race Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma June 1921.

From grandfather to grandson, the lessons of the Tulsa race massacre

By Editors' Choice

By Gregory B. Fairchild — My family sat down to watch the first episode of HBO’s “Watchmen” last October. Stephen Williams, the director, included quick cuts of gunshots, explosions, citizens fleeing roaming mobs, and even a plane dropping bombs. We’ve come to anticipate these elements in superhero films. As the sepia-toned footage spooled across the screen, the words “Tulsa 1921” were superimposed over the mayhem. My throat tightened. I knew…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Looters, Lowlifes, and Liars

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — According to the Washington Post, the 45th President told 19,126 lies between his inauguration in 2017 and June 1, 2020.  By now, the number has likely edged toward 20,000, as his Tulsa “rally” yielded dozens more.  This President has no allegiance to the truth, but that’s no surprise.  Leading up to his ill-timed gathering, amid the coronavirus, he projected more than a million attendees.  Instead,…

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Vantage Point: Trump’s MAGA Rally in Tulsa • Hip Hop and Black Liberation Past and Present

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio June 22, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Paradise Gray and Rev. Robert Turner. Topics: Hip Hop and Black Liberation, Past and Present • Reaction to Trump’s MAGA Rally in Tulsa. Guests Paradise Gray, Architect of X-CLAN, Pittsburgh, PA. Rev. Robert Turner, Pastor, Historic Vernon AME Church, Tulsa, OK Ways to listen Live (Radio)…

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Watchmen: “Tulsa race massacre” of 1921

Trampling on the Graves of Our Ancestors: Trump’s Juneteenth “MAGA” Rally in Tulsa

By Vantage Point Articles

Changing the Date Does Not Matter Vantage Point Articles & Essays By Dr. Ron Daniels — “Their Blood Cries Out:” The Tulsa Massacre and the Destruction of Black Wall Street was the moving theme of a Virtual National Forum on May 31st sponsored by the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and a dedicated group of local Sponsors which included…

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Vantage Point: Making of Newark’s First Black Mayor • Trump’s Juneteenth MAGA Tulsa Rally

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio June 15, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Junius Williams, Esq. and Rev. Robert Turner. Monday’s Premium Calling on WBAI Buddies Monday’s Topics The Making of Newark’s First Black Mayor Trump’s Outrageous Juneteenth MAGA Tulsa Rally Monday’s Guests Junius Williams,Esq., Historian, Human Rights Activist, Newark, NJ Rev. Robert Turner, Pastor, Historic Vernon AME Church, Tulsa,…

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Injured and wounded prisoners are taken to hospital under guard after the Tulsa, Oklahoma race riots in 1921 when up to 300 African-Americans were massacred by white mobs

Anniversary of Tulsa race massacre revives calls for reparations

By Reparations

Demand for justice grows nearly 100 years after racist mob destroyed a black neighbourhood with impunity. By Alex Woodward, Independent — On 31 May, 1921, white mobs staged a two-day massacre of a thriving black town in Oklahoma, mounting one of the bloodiest episodes of racist violence in US history. After a black man in Tulsa was accused of assaulting a white woman, an armed mob supported by law enforcement and city officials…

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The aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre (Greenwood Cultural Center)

Human Rights Watch calls for Tulsa Race Massacre reparations a century after violence

By Reparations

By DeNeen L. Brown, The Washington Post — On the eve of the 99th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Human Rights Watch released a report Friday demanding reparations for survivors and descendants of the violence, which left hundreds of black people dead and blocks smoldering. “No one has ever been held responsible for these crimes, the impacts of which black Tulsans still feel today,” says the report, titled “The Case…

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