In the real world, 74-year-old Donald Shaw is walking on the empty, parched grass slope by Tulsa’s noisy crosstown expressway. He’s on the other side of the city’s historical white-black dividing line from where President Donald Trump will hold a rally Saturday with his overwhelmingly white supporters.
The U.S. has a history of filling mass graves with people of color; it’s a recurring theme that visits every century, dating back to the original 13 colonies.
A $500,000 grant from the National Park service will be used to renovate buildings along Tulsa’s former Black Wall Street, nearly 100 years after the area was largely destroyed and as many as 300 people were killed in one of the nation’s deadliest outbreaks of racial violence.
A few months and a year shy the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and archaeologists will finally excavate one of the possible mass grave sites presumed to hold some of its 300 murdered and lynched victims.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. symbolically ends at the Frisco Railroad tracks, where it was once nearly illegal for any black person to cross the tracks without permission or permits. Why didn’t the White city officials want to embrace Dr. King’s Dream by extending the street through to south Tulsa?
When attending an Omaley B. concert, one finds their-self traveling nearly a century backward to an age of absolute resilience, self-determination, Black unity, and brilliance.
Once Omaley takes them their,
Sounds of rhythm and blues permeate the air as his once-in-a-century, unique voice kindles their hearts and ears with the nostalgic phantasms of a formidable and awe-inspiring past-legacy. A real history lesson on the greatness and excellence of Black Wall Street is rendered.
May 31, 2018, will mark the ninety-seventh anniversary of the cataclysmic 1921 Tulsa Race Riot (the “Riot”), a man-made calamity more accurately described as a massacre, pogrom, holocaust, assault, or burning. This defining moment in Tulsa and American history, despite its significance as the worst “race riot” [or massacre] in America, remains a mystery to many and an unknown to many more.