Here is an in-depth account of the worst riot in U.S. history, the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, assembled by one of Tulsa's most important oral historians and community activists. "Using her breadth of knowledge, her many contact, and the trust she's engendered in the Greenwood community, Gates has gathered the largest collection of survivors' stories to appear in one volume. Placing these stories in historical context, and adding those of survivors' descendents and white eyewitnesses, Gates brings the full story of the riot and its aftermath vividly alive for the reader." - Rilla Askew, award- winning author of The Mercy Seat and Fire in Beulah (a novel about the riot).
Eddie Faye Gates is a former high school history teacher, public school administrator, and curriculum writer. She has also been an education consultant, Holocaust education consultant, and activist working at local, state, national, and international levels. Sher served on the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. She attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama for three years and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. She graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa, with a Master of Arts degree in history. She is the author of They Came Searching: How Blacks Sought the Promised Land in Tulsa and Mis Lucy's Cookies: And Other Links in My Black Family Support System.