Curriculum being developed to teach Tulsa race massacre

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2016 file photo, a memorial to Tulsa's Black Wall Street sits outside the Greenwood Cultural Center on the outskirts of downtown Tulsa, Okla. A once-prosperous section of Tulsa that became the site of one of the worst race riots in American history is attempting to remake itself again after decades of neglect. G.T. Bynum mayor of Tulsa said on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, he plans to re-examine whether mass graves hold remains of those killed in one of the nation's worst race massacres nearly 100 years ago. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Department of Education is developing a curriculum for teaching students statewide about the events surrounding the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.

State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister was joined in Tulsa by U.S. Sen. James Lankford, State Sen. Kevin Matthews, Tulsa schools Supt. Deborah Gist and Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum in announcing the program that was a pilot program started two years ago in Tulsa schools.

Hofmeister said Thursday that while districts statewide have been required to teach students about the massacre since 2002, this is the first curriculum to guide teachers and includes recommendations from descendants of the massacre victims and survivors.

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