FC Tulsa staff present a donation of $25,000 to the Greenwood Rising capital project, currently under construction at the southeast corner of Greenwood and Archer in downtown Tulsa. | Photo courtesy FC Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. – FC Tulsa on Friday made a $25,000 donation to the Greenwood Rising capital project, a state-of-the-art history center being built at the southeast corner of Greenwood and Archer in downtown Tulsa, which will be completed this Spring.
The funding will help educate about Black Wall Street and the events surrounding the Tulsa Race Massacre. FC Tulsa front office staff spent Thursday afternoon on a tour through the Greenwood District of north Tulsa, led by Chief Egunwale Amusan, the president of the African Ancestral Society.
“We recognize there has not been nearly enough taught in our society about the Tulsa Race Massacre,” said FC Tulsa president James Cannon. “So, our first goal was to make sure our staff was truly educated about the horrific events surrounding the burning of Black Wall Street a century ago. Now, we want to do our part as a pillar of the Tulsa community to make sure we close that education gap in others with our donation. Once our players report, we will have them go on the tour as well, and we hope to make it an annual tour for every FC Tulsa player.”
FC Tulsa President James Cannon and staff present a jersey to Chief Egunwale Amusan, the president of the African Ancestral Society in Tulsa. | Photo courtesy FC Tulsa
FC Tulsa joins the Oklahoma City Thunder, Quiktrip, AEP/PSO, Bank of America, Circle Cinema and many more Oklahoma organizations donating to Greenwood Rising.
“We appreciate FC Tulsa’s support in our Greenwood Rising project,” said Phil Armstrong, the project manager of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. “In speaking with FC Tulsa over the last few weeks, I am impressed with how active and engaged they are with the Tulsa community and specifically in honoring and remembering the upcoming Race Massacre centennial. I look forward to continuing our work together as FC Tulsa’s 2021 season approaches.”
The club will continue to work closely with Armstrong and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission to find ways to incorporate the Centennial into its 2021 USL Championship season.