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ECON: Economics: Tulsa's Black Wall Street

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Books on African American Economic History

Recommended Films About Greenwood

In the early 1900s, the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma was home to a thriving, independent business district dubbed "Black Wall Street," until a racially motivated massacre in 1921 changed the community’s legacy forever. These films recall the prosperous African American community of Greenwood and examine the deadly consequences of racist violence that occurred there.

  • Hate Crimes in the Heartland -- The white mob rampaging through the wealthy Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma destroyed 35 city blocks, leaving up to 300 people dead and more than 10,000 homeless, all in one night. No one was ever arrested, tried, or convicted of any crime related to these riots. This film compares the 1921 calamity to a 2012 case, in which two white males drove through Greenwood targeting blacks at random, killing three and leaving two others in critical condition. Two suspects were captured, and faced the death penalty for the crime. Both incidents are examined within the context of American culture and race relations. This DVD may be viewed or borrowed at either Mack Library (Bethlehem) or ESSA Library (Monroe). Look for it at call number HV 6773.5 .T85 H38 2016.

  • African American Community Resilience -- After race riots destroyed Greenwood, residents were determined to rebuild the neighborhood. They went to Kansas for loans and building materials. Were they successful? From the series Black Communities After the Civil War.

  • Black Economic Movement -- Learn how African American civic groups contributed to vocational training and entrepreneurship in the South during the early 20th century. From the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

  • Riot Survivors -- This film profiles J. B. Stradford, who fled to Chicago after being falsely accused of inciting the violence in Tulsa. His great-grandson John Rogers founded Ariel Investments, the largest Black-owned investment firm in America. From the series Boss: The Black Experience in Business.

  • A Stacked Deck -- This segment of the series Tony Brown's Journal takes a historical look at how Jim Crow laws and racism adversely affected the economic growth of Black communities, including Greenwood.