Black Wall Street
In 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District, known as Black Wall Street, was one of the most prosperous African-American communities in the United States. But on May 31 of that year, the Tulsa Tribune reported that a black man, Dick Rowland, attempted to rape a white woman, Sarah Page. Whites in the area refused to wait for the investigative process to play out, sparking two days of unprecedented racial violence. Thirty-five city blocks went up in flames, 300 people died, and 800 were injured. Defense of white female virtue was the expressed motivation for the collective racial violence.
The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Centennial Commission (the “Commission”), spearheaded by Oklahoma Senator Kevin Matthews, summoned leaders of the Greenwood Cultural Center, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, and a host of other community collaborators to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Riot on May 31, June 1, 2021.
With this being said, the dates for EDI 2021’s will be during the week of June 6 – 12 2021. Please make a note of it.