Tulsa Riot Descendants Look to Reparations

In a matter of days, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear a racially charged case more than 80 years in the making. On May 31, 1921, one of this nation's worst race riots destroyed Greenwood, Oklahoma, a thriving black community on the outskirts of Tulsa.

Smoke billows from fires set during the 1921 in Tulsa, Okla.

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As many as 300 African Americans were killed and thousands more driven from their homes. Now, many Greenwood survivors and their descendants are seeking reparations. To learn more about the case, NPR's Ed Gordon talks with Charles Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard University, and Larry Simmons, the deputy city attorney for Tulsa.

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