Learning About the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
Updated: Aug 3, 2022
Trigger Warning; this topic covers sensitive material. I am deeply committed to sharing and learning more about social justice issues, as many of you know. I took a poll the other day asking if any of my friends were familiar with Black Wallstreet in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I learned that many of you had heard about it, but many of you had not yet. There are many historical events that we have not known about in school. My goal is to positively contribute to the uplifting of my community by sharing knowledge through my travels. I plan to leverage my privilege wholeheartedly during this experience.
During my time in Tulsa, a few skaters and I visited Greenwood Rising. This beautiful museum detailed information about a once-thriving community full of black-owned businesses that burned down to the ground during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. This interactive experience shared inspiring poetry, art installations, stories of pain, survival, and even the voices of those who lived the experience; what was once the most thriving community for black business was destroyed and has still not yet recovered.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to witness history. I am inspired even more to own land, create generational wealth, and support black-owned businesses. To learn more information please visit https://www.greenwoodrising.org.