Tulsa Race Massacre, Memorial Day and French Open: 5 things to know Monday
100 years ago, Tulsa Race Massacre destroyed a community
Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history. A white mob’s attack on the city’s affluent Greenwood neighborhood, home to about 10,000 people and a business district known as “Black Wall Street”, left the community in ruins. While the true death toll may never be known, it is estimated that hundreds were killed and injured. A century later, the legacy of that weekend is still being felt. And after being reduced to whispers and left out of history books for decades, the victims’ stories are being told.
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An African American photographer looking at the ruins of the Midway Hotel in Tulsa. (Photo: The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library)
Americans hit the road on a chilly Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend, often considered the unofficial start to summer, got off to a frosty start for many in the Northeast as millions of Americans prepared to travel despite the pandemic and a rise in gas prices. However, this holiday may offer a semblance of normalcy as CDC director Rochelle Walensky gave the OK for vaccinated Americans to “enjoy your Memorial Day.” Originally known as Decoration Day, a Civil War-era tradition in which loved ones decorated the graves of soldiers at the end of May, the federal holiday now pays tribute to the fallen soldiers who died in uniform. “Memorial Day shouldn’t just be a day to remember,” writes retired Navy SEAL commander Mike Hayes for USA TODAY Opinion. “It should be a day to change our understanding of service.”
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Over 1,000 joint service members placed flags in front of 260,000 headstones across Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.
Search for suspects continue after Miami-area shooting leaves 2 dead, 20 injured
Authorities in South Florida are continuing to search for suspects after two people died and at least 20 others were injured early Sunday during a shooting outside a banquet hall. The gunfire erupted at the El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade County, near Hialeah, police said. Three people came out of an SUV and opened fire on the crowd outside, Miami-Dade police director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III said. Camping World CEO and TV personality Marcus Lemonis expressed his support for a search, tweeting that he was offering a $100,000 reward to help authorities “arrest and convict the suspect/suspects.” As of Sunday afternoon, police had not released the names of the victims.
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