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Black Wall Street I

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Kelly Mikel Williams

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It was May 31, 1921 when at the sound of a whistle, a white racist mob of citizens with the support of the police, converged upon a Tulsa neighborhood known as Greenwood.  Greenwood as a small tight community of black folks who owned and operated their small businesses just like every other American citizen and every other business owner.  But, in Tulsa, as well as other parts of the country African-Americans had procured their own. Their own homes, businesses, banks, hotels, movie theaters, grocery stores… you name it we claimed it. We didn’t ask anyone for it, we took it, we built it, we OWNED IT!  And it became known, and Black Wall Street.  Because a lot like Prince George’s County, it was one of the wealthiest areas in which African-Americans lived owned and operated and it was the envy of white folks. They couldn’t understand or accept the fact that in 1921, Black Americans owned movie theaters, hotels, banks, and didn’t need white folks for nothing. And so, on May 31st, 1921, that white mod, with the whistle as their signal….robbed, burned…looted, and murdered over 300 black men women and children and completely destroyed Greenwood, known as Black Wall Street.  And they did this with no repercussion, no accountability, no remorse, and no police action. Leaving those who survived homeless, jobless, businessless, and so many lifeless. And this was the place that Donald Trump, took his campaign this past weekend to keep off his re-election bid. On the memory and death of African-Americans.  My Guest Brandon Andrews, Innovator, Consultant and Co-founder of Gauge.