In what is considered by some a radical move, the Black Wall Street Gallery invites all of Tulsa to not only grapple with the history of the 1921 race massacre, but also to be inspired by the legacy of the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the original Black Wall Street.
Written in collaboration by community leaders Rev. Gerald Davis and Laura Bellis, Nate Morris and members of The United League for Social Action (TULSA) www.weareTULSA.org “Where you go is up to you. […]
Children attending the Greenwood Cultural Center’s (GCC) Summer Arts Program were met with the rude awaking of racism. After a long drive to Leonardo’s Children Museum in Enid, Oklahoma, the group encountered opposition upon their arrival. A racial statement towards its campers promoted the youth program to immediately vacate the town.
The award-winning program serves 100 children each year and includes artists such as Dawn Tree, visual artist and Yusuf Etudaiye, pottery artist.
And fatherless homes have decimated African Americans at a significantly higher rate than any other race. Nationally it stands at 73% and while I couldn’t find a specific number for Tulsa, it is likely very close to the national trend.
There may not be a magical plant giving special powers to a single king. Wakanda may be a fictional kingdom. But Tulsa is potentially on the precipice of a new age of harmony where community service, reconciliation, intellectualism and innovation give rise to unity and a thriving 918.
On Monday June 11th, dozens of educators began an intensive, week-long summer institute designed to train and equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to lead their students in various lessons about the massacre in an effort to preserve this history for generations to come.