Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The history of the Tulsa Race Massacre of May 31, 1921, is rarely taught in schools, not well know and often misunderstood by adults. As a part of our regional DEI learning and in respect of the centennial significance, we are hosting a training examining the devastating acts and consequences of that period in a place close to our home.

Please join us for a facilitated conversation that will challenge our understanding of the ‘American Dream’ and locate the history of structural racism in a place-based context. We believe that the path to regional reconciliation is by consciously learning our history. We hope that you and your teams will join us for this workshop hosted by local leaders, Monica Kumar and Dustin McGowan. This event is open to everyone and due to the sensitive nature of the topic, we recommend participation of ages 18 and older.

For questions or more information, please contact Margot Lemaster at or 479-530-1021.

Please complete the form below to RSVP for this event which will be held virtually. Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this event! 

About Monica Kumar

Monica was born in London, England where she attended law school and practiced human rights & immigration law. She also worked as a commercial lawyer in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Building equitable communities and creating opportunities for people to inclusively engage in hard conversations and experiences has always played a central role in her life and work. Monica co-founded Race Around NWA which focuses on exposing and challenging historical systems of racial inequity to build more systemically equitable, regional institutions. She consults and coaches on creating belonging & bridging, building inclusion & equity and uplifting diverse teams and leaders. She frequently speaks and presents on inclusion and equity practices and leads customized workshops and trainings. She previously served as the Director of Diverse Social Networks at the Excellerate Foundation and was the Executive Director of Downtown Bentonville Inc. She lives with her family in downtown Bentonville where they enjoy the myriad of incredible parks, trails, and unique arts experiences. She serves on the executive board of the Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board for Bentonville & the advisory council for TRUE Northwest Arkansas


About Dustin McGowan

Dustin McGowan is the youngest of 8 children and hails from the Midwest (Milwaukee and Chicago). He has been in Northwest Arkansas since July 2017. He is a graduate of Trinity international University and currently works at Christ Community Church in Fayetteville. Dustin is married to Joi McGowan and they have two boys together. Dustin has a heart for race and equity, particularly set around the concept of restorative justice. Dustin is a thought leader on the intersection of race, justice, and faith. He has done work locally and nationally training and collaborating with leaders to pursue holistic justice and reconciliation.