Tiffany Crutcher fights fiercely for the voiceless, whether it's working with the nonprofit she named in honor of her twin brother who was killed by police or while seeking reparations for survivors and descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Sept. 16 marked the fifth year since Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man, was shot and killed by a Tulsa police officer. Since then, his twin sister Tiffany Crutcher has worked tirelessly to prevent other families from experiencing a similar loss. She founded a nonprofit foundation that bears his name, which encourages communities to fight police violence while also pushing lawmakers at state and federal levels to legislate lasting and meaningful policing reform. A descendant of a 1921 Tulsa Massacre survivor, Crutcher has also carried a torch for other survivors and descendants to receive reparations as the country is only just beginning to reckon with the racist actions that marked that ugly day 100 years ago. Crutcher sees the connections between her brother's death and what her family endured, telling The Root, "As we started to encroach on the 100th anniversary of the massacre, I saw the parallels of the past and the present," she said. "The racial terror violence that my great-grandmother had to endure and flee in fear of her life is the same racial terror and state-sanctioned violence that Terence had to endure."