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Don't Let Them Bury My Story
Don't Let Them Bury My Story

Don't Let Them Bury My Story

The Oldest Living Survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre In Her Own Words



140 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $29.99 (CA $39.99) (US $29.99)

Publication Date: August 2023

ISBN 9781737168409

Rights: WOR

Mocha Media Inc. (Aug 2023)


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"Every day, I have lived through the massacre. While our country may forget this history, I cannot." Viola Ford Fletcher
Viola Ford Fletcher's memoir Don't Let Them Bury My Story vividly recounts the lasting impact of the Tulsa Massacre on her life. As the oldest survivor and last living witness of the tragic events that unfolded in 1921, she shares her testimony with poignant clarity. From the terror of her childhood as a seven-year-old fleeing the burning streets of Greenwood to her current role as a 109-year-old family matriarch seeking justice for the affected families, Mother Fletcher takes us on a journey through a lifetime of pain and perseverance. Her inspiring story is a powerful reminder that some wounds never fully heal, and we must never forget the lessons of our history.

Author Biography

Mother Viola Ford Fletcher, now 109 years old, is the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Massacre. Her family had to flee with only the clothes on their backs, causing her to leave school after fourth grade and work as a maid for the rest of her life without a living wage. The Massacre left her family impoverished and caused her ongoing physical and emotional distress. Along with her brother Van Ellis, 102 years old, she testified before Congress on the 100th anniversary of the massacre, recounting the terror she witnessed and her family's ongoing struggles. She currently resides in Tulsa, OK.

Ike Howard, the founder of the Viola Ford Fletcher Foundation's founder, is a proud military veteran, father, husband, and grandson of Viola Ford Fletcher. His passion fuels his life of service, brought by firsthand experience of the diverse challenges and opportunities in our contemporary societal construct. A respectful and loving relationship with Viola and his Uncle Red solidifies his belief that supportive governance structures: mentors, caregivers, and family are essential to achieving your creative best and living well. Ike knows that together we are better.