Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Longlist, National Book Awards 2021 for Young People's Literature

ISBN 9781541581203
Carolrhoda Books / Lerner Publishing Group
Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of numerous award-winning books including BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, illustrated by Michele Wood, which received a Newbery Honor, and R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, illustrated by Frank Morrison and winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award. (Photo credit: Gerald Young) More about this author >

Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper (1956-2021) was a Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and illustrator of nearly one hundred books for children including Ruth and the Green Book and A Spy Called James. More about this author >

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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.