Barney's Gantt Presents on Tulsa Race Massacre

June 01, 2021
Submitted By: Christine Grant, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

This week, the nation is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, historically noted as one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history. On May 21 of this year, Barney School Associate Professor of Business Law Karen Gantt presented at The Tulsa Law Review Symposium on the legal and business-related aftermath of the massacre which destroyed the Black community that had come to be known as Black Wall Street.

You can watch Gantt’s 20-minute informative presentation here.

Professor Gantt is on sabbatical during the 2021-22 academic year to research how the National Historic Preservation Act and other laws designed to preserve places of historical and cultural significance can protect culture, land, and landmarks. She will examine the Greenwood community of Tulsa, Oklahoma (that was destroyed in the massacre), Mound Bayou, Mississippi located in the Mississippi Delta that was founded in 1887 by former slaves, and several other communities established by free blacks. Gantt also plans to develop case studies on these communities that can be used with business students. Currently, most AACSB-accredited business schools have made a commitment to Black Lives Matter across the curriculum.