As I write this I’m coming off the heels of a fruitful weekend spent with other Black-owned media entrepreneurs in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Black-owned Media Weekend. The spirit of Black Wall Street was alive and well in Tulsa and I gained valuable insights and strategies about the cultural revolution that is paving the way for the next generation of media. The people in Tulsa were warm and hospitable, which made the hot temperatures a lot bearable. You know that I could not be in Tulsa and not visit Black Wall Street, right? I wanted to learn more about the history and legacy of this once-thriving Black economic and cultural mecca that I didn't learn anything about in school. Black Wall Street was an affluent business and residential area in Tulsa, Oklahoma where 300 Black people were reported murdered, 800 injured, and over 35 city blocks burned down on May 31 through June 1 in 1921. The massacre began during Memorial Day weekend when 19-year-old Dick Rowland, a Black teenager was accused of assaulting Sarah Page, a 17-year-old white elevator operator. The level of detail put into the museum's carefully crafted curation is a must-see.
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