Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, published by Carolrhoda Books, is an Honor Book in the Books for Younger Children Category.

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre brings to life tragic events that transpired over a century ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The prosperous Black community in the Greenwood district thrived in what has often been referred to as the “Black Wall Street.” When a 17-year-old white woman accused a Black man of “assaulting” her, the consequential confrontations resulted in innumerable deaths and the utter destruction of this amazing community. Weatherford and Cooper chronicle this critically important historic event in a sensitive, caring manner for young children. Powerful endpapers, created in Cooper’s muted palette and oil-erasure technique, depict the smoking ruins of the destruction. This historic nonfiction text documents an often untold significant historic event and reminds us all of the importance of shedding light on our past.

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrator: Floyd Cooper
Award: 2022 Honor Book for Younger Children

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Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper book cover