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"I want to create opportunities that renew hope and diminish stress.
Let's make essential knowledge available, get it to people who need it,
and support them on their personal journeys so they too can be
healthy and self-sufficient." Viola Ford Fletcher

Michelle and Barack Obama
Wishing Viola a Happy 110th Birthday

"We are especially grateful for all you've done to advance civil rights and bring us toward a more perfect union -- both by sharing your story as a survivor of the Tulsa race massacre and through the ongoing work of your foundation."  Michelle and Barack Obama, May 15, 2024.

Pad Me Project

May 24th, Ghana, Africa This footage captures how the Viola Ford Fletcher Foundation is empowering African women.  Their work supports health and hygiene in ways that prepare and engage the next generation to reach new levels of healthy potential. 

The oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Massacre is a key witness for a national movement gaining momentum.

Meeting People Where They Are
Street Feeding Inspires Hope

December 2024, Viola Ford Fletcher Foundation meets people where they are, providing essential needs. Here, the foundation enlivens hope for those in need. 

Viola Fletcher and Ike Howard with Dr. Bernice A. King at the King Center

September 26, 2023

Viola Fletcher and Ike Howard sit down with Dr. Bernice A. King at the King Center to discuss their book, life and living in the modern world.

109-year-old survivor of Tulsa Race Massacre pens new book, speaks at King Center

September 26, 2023

Atlanta News First: Viola Fletcher and Ike Howard sit down with Dr. Bernice A. King at the King Center to discuss their book, life and living in the modern world.

Viola Fletcher, a survivor of the Tulsa race massacre survivor, shown with her grandson Ike Howard, is one of three plaintiffs in a lawsuit calling for the city to address the massacre's ongoing "public nuisance." 

Oldest living Tulsa Race Massacre survivor, 109, pens memoir

August 22, 2023

"I have lived through the massacre every day. Our country may forget this history, but I cannot."

--Viola Ford Fletcher

A lifetime in the making, DON'T LET THEM BURY MY STORY shares the journey of the oldest survivor and last living witness of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. This special memoir will be released on the 102nd Anniversary of the event that caused the single worst incident of racial violence in the history of the United States. 

Edition: Hardcover

ISBN: 9781737168409

Pre-Order On Sale: May 10, 2023

Published Date: July 4, 2023

Retail: $29.99

Closing the Disparity Gap
Stanbic Heights Bldg Accra,
Medical Screening

June 2023
The Viola Ford Fletcher Foundation Ghana Chapter conducted a medical health screening in their headquarters located in the Stanbic Heights Building, AfricaWorks; in Accra-Ghana. "We are committed to use & bring modern advancements in ways that make the emerging and underserved the served," remarked Ike Howard the Chief Foundation Officer. This continues the community health initiatives and green technologies.  Our wellness checks included vitals, essential histories, general labs, a full genomic sequence. 

Working with community leaders we will learn and understand ways to improve the health and well being for all people, starting right here in Africa with support of the American Diaspora.

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Ghanaian Medical Screening

May 2023
The Viola Ford Fletcher Foundation Ghana Chapter conducted a medical health screening in the community of Nungua in Accra-Ghana. The response to the screening by the residents was amazing and they were very glad and grateful to the foundation for bringing healthcare right to their doorsteps on that day. The event was well-organized and everything was in order, which made the whole screening process run smoothly.

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Empowering Hygienic Health in Collaboration with Ghanaian Educational Services 

“With my Ghanaian partners, team, and philanthropic support, Population Health in its fullest sense is possible. These girls are absolutely extraordinary. They are this generation’s Africa! Let's empower African women in well-being”, said Ike Howard Viola Ford Fletcher Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer. “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to serve the future.”

On 23rd September at 11:00 am, two hundred and eighty-one (281) young ladies received the first round of Hygienic Health Gift Bags at the Martey Tsuru Presby School. Accompanying Mr. Howard was HRM Eze DR. AMB Chukwudi Ihenetu, King of Ibgo People. H.E. Amb., Dr. Erieka Bennett Founder and Head of Mission Diaspora African Forum (DAF), Harriet Nartey Host of Diplomatic Affairs TV, Dean of the Press Corps at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration, Ghana Education Service Officials, Miss Ghana Earth, and the lovely ladies of the Viola Ford Fletcher Ghanaian-based team.


Hygiene and Restroom Facilities are essential for everyone.  This becomes more true for children as they mature.

We are pleased to announce the construction, completion, and access of restrooms for the kids, teachers, and visitors.

Hygiene Facility Construction

Empowering Health Screening and Education in Prampram, Ghana

On 24th of September Saturday, we conducted a health screening in conjunction with Salem Presbyterian Church in the community of Teshie. “The response to our effort was amazing. It was a well-organized event. One patient would leave and phone another patient or relative. There is no immediate hospital in the area, just a minor clinic. We took height, weight, blood pressure, tested for malaria and vaccinations for hepatitis B.” said Ike Howard, the Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer.


There were also medications distributed. The team consisted of 15 volunteered nurses, one doctor, church staff members, local volunteers, and Viola Ford Fletcher Foundation staff.

Empowering Mentally and Physically Disabled

Christmas in January Ghanaian Educational Services.  This took place at New Horizon Special School, Dzorwulu, OSU children's home, Ghana, Africa.

Viola Ford Fletcher Foundation to improve health for 7 billion people, including the underserved

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Laker NBA Game Night. "We are proud to welcome two of the three known living survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre, 107-year old Viola Fletcher and her brother 100-year old Hughes Van Ellis, who are attending their first NBA game!" [[Video courtesy is for educational purposes and is provided by the  Oklahoma City Thunder youtude channel] 

United States Congressional Appearance

Congressional Appearance May 19, 2021:  Viola Fletcher, the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, massacre, was seven when a white mob attacked the city’s 'Black Wall Street' in 1921, killing an estimated 300 African Americans. [Video courtesy is for educational purposes and is provided by The Guardian news channel who brings you live streams, breaking news and explainer videos so you can understand what’s happening, as it’s happening. The Guardian has been providing high-impact, independent journalism since 1821, always free from commercial and political influence. Help sustain our future by making a contribution today]

Ghana Humanitarian Visit

His Royal Majesty crowns Viola Ford Fletcher, as Queen Mother during her humanitarian visit to Ghana in August 2021.