HBCU Money™ Business Book Feature – Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921


When a crows began to gather outside the jail in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the evening of May 31, 1921., the fate of one of its prisoners, a young black male, seemed assured. Accused of attempting to rape a white woman, Dick Rowland was with little doubt about to be lynched.

But in another part of town, a small group of black men, many of them World War I veterans, decided to risk lives for a different vision of justice. Before it was all over, Tulsa had erupted into one of America’s worst racial nightmares, leaving scores dead and hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed.

Exhaustively researched, ‘Death in a Promised Land’ is compelling story of racial ideologies, southwestern politics, and yellow journalism, and of an embattled black community’s struggle to hold onto its land and freedom. More than just the chronicle of one of the nation’s most devastating race riots, this critically acclaimed study of American race relations is, above all, a gripping story of terror and lawlessness, and of courage, hedonism, and human perserverance.

2 responses to “HBCU Money™ Business Book Feature – Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

  1. 1921 and now its 2020 and we are still fighting for equality and not revenge although we highly deserve both………PEACE BE STILL , GOD IS IN CONTROL…

  2. This all sounds great to focus on how to rebuild. But rebuild for what? To have it all taken away again? It’s proven that we can build. But can we stay afloat in a democracy built on black suffering that knows no justice for our people? It’s still open season on Blacks. How do we prevent another massacre of hard work and dedication?

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