calendar March 30, 2021 in anti-racism, ELCA

Writing Contest: Addressing US History of Racial Injustice

This year marks the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, which took place on May 31 to June 1, 1921. Mobs of white residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, OK. It has been called “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.”

In remembrance of the loss to the community, The ELCA African Descent Lutheran Association and partners are sponsoring a creative writing contest to gather thoughts, tributes, and sociological/theological understandings of the detrimental impact of this community’s demise on Black American wealth and economic equality. There are three age divisions: high school (ages 14-17), young adult (ages 18-22), and adult (age 23+). Entries should be based on the following questions:

“How does the history of injustice related to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre reflect and relate to modern day injustice in the United States of America? How can the Church recognize its historical complicity with racial injustice and be moved to respond and proclaim truth, equity, and justice for all in our nation today?”

Contact for More Information: Lamont Anthony Wells, Program Director, ELCA Campus Ministry – LuMin Network,  President, African Descent Lutheran Association. Phone: 267.896.3751 Email: or