Published 06/12/2020 | Reading Time 2 min 17 sec
By Black Wall Street Times Staff
TULSA, Okla. — The Greenwood Community invites America to the “I, too, am America Juneteenth Celebration” on Greenwood Ave Home of America’s Black Wall Street.
Events begin on Greenwood Ave at 11 AM and will end at 10 PM, with national speakers and musical artists beginning at 6 PM on the main performance stage.
The legacy of Black Wall Street, the “Negro Wall Street of America,” as the honorable Booker T. Washington coined it, is both sacred and inspiring. Two generations after Emancipation, African Americans built the most prosperous Black community in the African diaspora. In the shadow of Jim Crow, this unique community boasted their own school system, educators, doctors, hospitals, businesses, grocery stores, attorneys, transportation systems, airmen, etc.
From May 31 to June 1, 1921, screams of horror ricocheted off buildings as bullets rained down like hell’s fire from Standpipe Hill. An angry white mob descended into the community, looted, burned and massacred 300 black residents. Our ancestors are buried in mass graves throughout the City of Tulsa, and we never received justice.
100-years after the massacre and our beloved community of Greenwood is still fighting for restitution, equality and just treatment under the laws of the local, state and federal government.
155-years after the last enslaved Blacks walked from beneath the knees of the white slave masters, Black America is still fighting for restitution, equality and just treatment under the laws at their local, state and federal government.
This event is hosted by the Greenwood Community: Starr Fisher-Nova World Galaxy, Block Builderz, Demanding a JUSTulsa, Black Women Business Owners of Tulsa, Tulsa Juneteenth, Focus: Black Oklahoma, Fire in Litte Africa, Tri-City Collective, The Oklahoma Eagle, Silhouette Sneakers & Arts, Black Lives Matter OKC, Racism Stinks, 100 Black Men of Tulsa, Inc. Black Wall Street Chambers of Commerce, BTW vs McLain Annual Alumni Classic, MetCARE Foundations, Terence Crutcher Foundation and The Black Wall Street Times.