For(bes) The Culture Newsletter: Remembering Tulsa’s Greenwood District 100 Years After The Tulsa Race Massacre | The Leaders Keeping Black Wall Street Alive
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“Black Wall Street to me means radical and intentional partnership and collaboration across every segment of Tulsa and greater Black America,” says Randy Wiggins, founder of Build In Tulsa. “It’s about every part of the Black community in America thinking about Tulsa as what it was, which was the center a Black wealth creation, and everyone pulling an oar to make that a reality again.”
Wiggins is one of many leaders stepping up to preserve Black Wall Street and redefine what it means today, 100 years after the destruction of the original Black Wall Street in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. From putting down new roots in Tulsa to creating new initiatives in other cities, these leaders are determined to create opportunities for Black wealth to thrive.
We also can’t forget that the Tulsa race massacre, a result of white supremacy, was one of the worst episodes of racial violence in American history. The story, which has long gone untold, is one that deserves to be widely shared. DeNeen L. Brown is at the forefront of keeping the history alive. The award-winning Washington Post staff writer investigates the Tulsa tragedy in the PBS documentary Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten.
“For generations, I believe there’s been a desire for this story to be told,” Brown says. “Stories have power, and if they’re told, they can change the future, and they can provide some healing.”
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