A scheduled event that was meant to commemorate the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and featured Stacey Abrams and singer John Legend has been cancelled.
In a statement, the event organizers said “Due to unexpected circumstances with entertainers and speakers, the Centennial Commission is unable to fulfill our high expectations for Monday afternoon’s commemoration event and has determined not to move forward with the event at this time.”
CBS News reportedly “learned the event was canceled after a lawyer representing the survivors and their heirs made requests that the organizing commission considered unreasonable. There are three living survivors of the massacre — 107, 106 and 100 years old.”
According to DailyMail, the commission sponsoring Monday’s event initially agreed to $100,000 to each of the three survivors, along with $2 million in seed money for a reparations fund.
“State Sen. Kevin Matthews said that those requests were increased to $1 million each and $50 million for the fund, however, which couldn’t be met,” the report adds.