Professor Quraysh Lansana spent years studying the history of Greenwood, Black Wall Street, and the 1921 Race Massacre. Now he’s teaching a college course on it.
Nothing has actually changed in policing, TPD’s policies and Tulsa’s city government from 2017 — when I first began closely examining Tulsa’s community policing efforts — till now. All of the efforts that the public sees were planned behind the scenes by activists and citizens who would not and will not be silent because their community is over-policed, scrutinized, and portrayed as being a “high crime” area on television shows like Live PD.
Tulsa’s Greenwood District is home to America’s original Black Wall Street.
Onikah Asamoa-Caesar hosts Fulton Street Books and Coffee Pop Up at Mother Road Market on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Our team seeks submissions of original artwork from Visual Artists to participate in Little Africa On Fire: an anthology of essays, creative writings, and artworks inspired by the history and photographs of the evolution of Black Wall Street, the 1921 Tulsa Race War, and the ensuing erasure of the tragedy from state records and history books.
Most Americans remain unaware that 300 plus Black Americans were massacred and buried in mass graves around this American city, while the assailants, a white mob, looted and burned their homes and businesses to the ground in the early part of the twentieth century in a midwestern all-black town.
Since the beginning of his quest for the White House, I have seen Mr. O’Rourke demonstrate that he can be an anti-racist advocate. And I think that’s a big deal. In a recent tweet, he shared, “It is not enough not to be racist. We have to be anti-racist. We have to shut down white supremacy, domestic terrorism, and white nationalism.”