Believe it or not, in the early 20th century, Tulsa, Oklahoma, was the Nation’s capital for KKK activity.
There also existed in Tulsa at that time a community that was more organized, wealthier, and more powerful than any other Black community in the history of this Nation: Greenwood, a/k/a Black Wall Street -- a community that the great W.E.B. Dubois called the best example of what Black people were capable of in America when given equal opportunity.
However, on June 1, 1921, this bustling town of 10,000 Blacks was burnt to the ground in the most heinous and costly act of domestic terrorism in the United States, an event known as the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.
In this presentation, you will hear about my experience as a member of the legal team — including famed attorneys Johnnie Cochrane and Harvard University’s Charles J. Ogletree — who fought to obtain reparations and human rights for the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot in Alexander v. State of Oklahoma et al.
You will learn how the Blacks of Greenwood -- one generation removed from chattel slavery -- were able to build a Mecca of Black progress and prosperity in Oklahoma, how that Black progress caused the White Tulsans to destroy 36 city square blocks of homes and businesses, kill hundreds of people, and cause 30 million dollars of property damage, how the "race riot" forever changed the lives of Greenwood residents and their descendants, and about the legal and political actions undertaken to obtain justice!
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