They deserve more! The flagship...

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View Instagram Posts     They deserve more! The flagship commemoration event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre was scrapped after three survivors demanded $1 million each to appear.

Monday's Remember & Rise event - which was also set to feature John Legend and Stacey Abrams - was called off on Friday after survivors Viola Fletcher, 107, her brother Hughes Van Ellis, 100 and Lessie Benningfield Randle, 106, upped their appearance fee from $100,000 each to $1 million each.

Lawyers representing the trio also demanded seed money for a reparations fund be boosted from the agreed $2 million to $10 million, with Oklahoma State Senator Kevin Matthews saying organizers were unable to meet their revised demands.

The event was due to take place on Monday - the 100th anniversary of the notorious massacre that saw whites in the Oklahoma City given permission to attack the prosperous black Greenwood district and its residents.

The trio will participate in other programs instead, although it is unclear if they will be remunerated for those.

The commission had enlisted Grammy-award-winning singer and songwriter John Legend to headline the event, and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams was to deliver the keynote address.

'After months of zero communication and under immense pressure that John Legend and Stacey Abrams may no longer participate if the survivors were not centered.”

State Sen. Kevin Matthews, the chairman of the commission, said after meeting with Solomon-Simmons and other representatives of the survivors, the commission agreed to provide $100,000 to each of the three survivors, along with $2 million in seed money for a reparations fund.

According to The Oklahoman, one demand was an apology from Matthews for attacking the 'credibility and integrity of our survivors.'

Reparations for black Americans whose ancestors were enslaved and for other racial discrimination has been debated in the U.S. since slavery ended in 1865.

Now they are being discussed by colleges and universities with ties to slavery and by local governments looking to make cash payments to black residents.
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