In March 2023, the Ghana Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and culture held a special citizenship ceremony for the last two of the three last known survivors and descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre. The ceremony was held in recognition of the historical ties between Ghana and the United States and as a way to honor the victims of the massacre and to offer them a new home and a fresh start.
During the ceremony, the survivors and descendants were presented with Ghanaian passports, citizenship certificates, and other forms of identification. They were also given a tour of the country and had the opportunity to learn more about Ghanaian culture and history.
The decision to hold the citizenship ceremony was part of Ghana’s ongoing efforts to welcome African Americans and other people of African descent back to the African continent. The government of Ghana has launched several initiatives aimed at encouraging African Americans to return to their ancestral homeland, including the Year of Return in 2019, which marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America.
The citizenship ceremony for the survivors and descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre was a powerful symbol of the ongoing struggle for racial justice and reconciliation, both in the United States and around the world. It highlighted the importance of acknowledging the past and working together to build a more just and equitable future for all people.
The Tulsa Race Massacre, also known as the Black Wall Street Massacre, was a tragic event that took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, in 1921. The massacre was one of the deadliest and most destructive acts of racial violence in American history. It occurred in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, a thriving black community known as Black Wall Street.
On May 31, 1921, a white mob descended upon the Greenwood district, looting, burning, and destroying everything in its path. The violence continued for two days, during which time dozens of black residents were killed, and hundreds more were injured. The exact number of casualties is not known, but estimates range from 100 to 300.