Unspeakable : the Tulsa Race Massacre – Coretta Scott King Award

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Unspeakable : the Tulsa Race Massacre, by Weatherford, Carole Boston – Illustrated by Cooper, Floyd

Coretta Scott King Author Medal, 2022
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Medal, 2022


Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history. The book traces the history of African Americans in Tulsa’s Greenwood district and chronicles the devastation that occurred in 1921 when a white mob attacked the Black community.

News of what happened was largely suppressed, and no official investigation occurred for seventy-five years. This picture book sensitively introduces young readers to this tragedy and concludes with a call for a better future.