This video explores the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, once a teeming black business mecca known throughout the nation as America’s “Black Wall Street.”
A devastating, man-made calamity rocked the Greenwood District to its core in 1921. In an hours-long orgy of violence and destruction, a massive white mob laid waste to the community.
Despite cataclysmic destruction, and with we-shall-not-be-moved determination, the Greenwood District pioneers rebounded and rebuilt. The community thrived once again until, decades later, near-fatal blows attributable largely to integration and urban renewal struck.
This is a tale of triumph and tragedy, with unfinished business remaining. Watch to learn more about this rich history and the questions still pending.