Being Black

Black Wall Street

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  • Black Wall Street was one of the most successful African-American communities in America
  • It was The Thriving Black Business District in Tulsa, Oklahoma 
  • Consisted of 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores, 2 movie theaters, a hospital, a bank, post office, libraries, schools, law offices, half a dozen private airplanes, and a bus system. 

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  • “Mini Beverly Hills” for Blacks
  • This was in the 1900’s 
  • This successful, Black community was destroyed on June 1, 1921 in a span of less than 12 hours.
  • Responsible for this was the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
  • For those of you who don’t know, the KKK is a secret society in the southern U.S, that focuses on white supremacy and terrorizes other groups of people, such as African Americans 
  • This community was bombed from the air and burned to the ground 

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  • This was one of the biggest, non-military, massacres in America
  • 3,000 African American men, women, and children were killed
  • 600 successful businesses lost 

These African Americans were limited to what they could do, where they could go, and where they could work. So, they decided to do something about it. They created a successful black community with the limited resources that they were handed. If they could do it then , what’s stopping us from doing that now? Not saying that we have to distance ourselves from everyone else, but we can  to strive to have successful black communities. We can start by supporting black owned business and encouraging others as they open their businesses.

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