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Black Wall Street Legacy Festival, the community-led event that drew tens-of-thousands of attendees at last year’s Centennial, is back. In a press release sent Monday morning, organizers of the Festival announced it would officially be an annual event.
The Black Wall Street Legacy Fest launch will take place from May 27th to May 28th in historic Greenwood. Centering the voices of survivors and descendants, the event will honor the legacy of Black Wall Street, while memorializing 101 years since the 1921 Tulsa massacre.
Organizers said they are proud to host the event once again in Greenwood, according to the release.
“This year, we are proud to once again host this community-led and Greenwood-centered event to elevate the voices of survivors and descendants, celebrate what the ancestors of Greenwood built and continue the call for justice that has been too long denied,” the statement reads.
The Festival will honor the three known living survivors of the massacre. Lessie Benningfield “Mother” Randle (107), Viola “Mother” Fletcher (107) and Hughes Van Ellis (101) will headline the Festival’s procession and a luncheon, along with other events.
Organizers plan to release full schedule of events for Black Wall Street “Legacy Fest” in the coming weeks
Organizers said details about speakers and performers are scheduled to be released soon. Last year, Tulsa’s own Fire in Little Africa lit up the stage alongside nationally renowned artists. The Centennial event also included multiple speakers. Jay Ellis and Alfre Woodard emceed the final event last year, sharing the stage with political leaders like Reps. Cori Bush and Sheila Jackson-Lee.
Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, a lead organizer for the event, said the Festival is both an act of love and inspiration.
“The Black Wall Street Legacy Festival is the Greenwood community’s tribute to the massacre victims who are no longer with us,” she said. “It’s a love letter to those who have held on for dear life, and a chance to inspire the next generation to take the baton.”