From Black Wall Street To Black Tech Street In Tulsa

14 Feb 2022


In Tulsa, Oklahoma, visionaries and entrepreneurs are teaming up with city agencies to undo the terrible damage done in 1921.

The Greenwood neighborhood in North Tulsa, known as Black Wall Street, was an affluent African-American community with thriving local businesses, two newspapers, churches and well-known physicians, lawyers, realtors and other professionals. It was a community with so much potential for Black generational wealth it took years to build. But on June 1, 1921, 35 city blocks of Black-owned businesses and homes were destroyed in less than 24 hours. Mobs of white residents, some of whom had been deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents in response to the alleged (and fictitious) assault of a young white woman by a young Black man.

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