A mural in Greenwood (Oklahoma, U.S.A) commemorating Tulsa's Black Wall Street, Photo: Daniel Jeffries/Tulsa Planning Office

A mural in Greenwood (Oklahoma, U.S.A) commemorating Tulsa's Black Wall Street, Photo: Daniel Jeffries/Tulsa Planning Office

The webinar will remember and learn from tragic events such as:

The Tusla race massacre. From 31 May to 1 June 1921, the Tulsa race massacre (also known as the Tulsa race riot) took place in the USA. For more than 18 hours, a white mob attacked residents, homes and businesses in the predominantly Black Greenwood neighbourhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The plight of the indigenous communities. Indigenous communities in the Americas were largely devastated through successive wars, massacres and killings.

Atrocities associated with the transatlantic slave trade. The largest forced exodus in history, more than 15 million Africans were forcibly displaced to the Americas. Many perished during the notorious Middle Passage” of the Atlantic, while untold numbers were deliberately thrown overboard.

Injustices meted out to Asian communities. These are evidenced in, among other incidents, the 1871 Chinese massacre in Los Angeles, California, and the Rock Springs Riot in 1885.

Remembering these massacres and others, panelists will explore questions such as: How do we recognise these tragedies, and celebrate the survival, resistance, resilience, and heroes of these communities? How do we honour their martyrdom? What is done to prevent us from falling into amnesia or denial?


  • Bishop Mary-Ann Swenson, vice-moderator, WCC Central Committee


  • Rev. Dr Mikie A. Roberts, WCC programme executive for Spiritual Life

Panellists include:

  • Rev. Dr Robert Turner, pastor of Historic Vernon chapel A.M.E. church, Tulsa, Oklahoma and academic dean for Jackson Theological Seminary
  • Dr Michael McEachrane, co-founder and consultative member of the European Network of People of African Descent
  • Jennifer P. Martin, Education in Mission Secretary, Caribbean and North America Council for Mission (CANACOM)
  • Dr. Daniel D. Lee, academic dean of the Centre for Asian American Theology and Ministry, assistant professor of theology and Asian American ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Russel Burns, member of the National Indigenous Ministries and Justice Council (NIC), of the Indigenous caucus of Western Mining Action Network (WMAN), and of the Comprehensive Review Task Group (CRTG) of the United Church of Canada.


Register here and attend the WCC webinar "Remembering and Honoring Past Massacres: the Legacy and Resilience of the Victims" (1 June, 16:00 CET)