Listen to this article here
Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Celebrities and Leading Activists to Participate in the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival
Other newly announced participants include Alfre Woodard, Jay Ellis, Ben Crump, Wesley Lowery, Nicole Austin-Hillery, Daniel Roumain, and Brandan “BMike” Odums, who will join survivors and descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre to commemorate the massacre’s Centennial; Oklahoma City Thunder will join Legacy Fest to honor remaining survivors
TULSA, Okla. — Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) are among the leaders, entertainers and activists from across the nation who will join survivors and descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre at the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival (Legacy Fest), organizers of the festival announced today. Legacy Fest will commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre from May 28 to May 30 in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s historic Greenwood neighborhood.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who will join the festival virtually, is the lead sponsor of S.40 and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) is the lead sponsor of H.R. 40, legislation that would establish an expert federal commission to study the legacy of slavery in the United States and ongoing harms, and develop proposals for how to provide redress and repair, including economic and institutional reparations. Both Booker and Jackson Lee are members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The Black Wall Street Legacy Festival is also pleased to announce the participation of the following friends and allies:
- Tulsa native Alfre Woodard, actress, producer, political activist
- Ben Crump, national civil rights attorney
- Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
- Nicole Austin-Hillery, executive director of the US Program at Human Rights Watch
- Daniel Roumain, composer and performer
- Tulsa native Jay Ellis, actor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur
- Brandan ‘B-mike’ Odums, visual artist and political activist
The Oklahoma City Thunder will also sponsor a private luncheon honoring the massacre’s three last known survivors on Saturday, May 29.
The Black Wall Street Legacy Festival is the only community-led series that centers the survivors and descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre. The Festival is headlined by the last known massacre survivors — 106-year-old Lessie Benningfield “Mother” Randle, 107-year-old Viola “Mother” Fletcher, and 100-year-old Hughes Van Ellis — who will lead a procession and participate in an event honoring their legacy and continued fight for justice and accountability.
Programming throughout the weekend will explore urgent issues, ranging from the needs of those still living with the everyday consequences of the massacre, to the erasure of essential history, to the state and future of Black Wall Street.
In previous weeks, Legacy Fest announced the participation of Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson of HBO’s “Watchmen,” R&B star PJ Morton, gospel legend John P. Kee, and more.
BLACK WALL STREET LEGACY FESTIVAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
(More details and information coming soon):