Two protesters disrupt a Ku Klux Klan rally in Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, November 27, 1982. Credit: Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty

How Do You Reclaim a Massacre?

Greensboro didn’t have a “shootout” and Tulsa didn’t have a “race riot.” But it took decades of work for language to catch up to history.

OnOn November 3, 1979, I learned of a group called the Ku Klux Klan. I was a five-year-old black child in kindergarten. I kept my days busy by making mud pies, cutting alphabet letters…