If the Tulsa Race Massacre had never happened, would Black Wall Street have influenced the entire nation?
In 1921, North Tulsa’s Greenwood District, the most prosperous Black community in America, was set ablaze, bombed, and looted during a racially motivated violent attack against the thriving Black community. Businesses, homes, and lives were lost, and Black Wall Street, as it was known, has never reclaimed its former glory. The Tulsa Race Massacre was only the first in a line of repeated targeted attacks on the progress of the Greenwood District and its residents.
Through the lens of Black Wall Street descendants Byron Ghalani Crenshaw, Jacqueline Blocker and Michelle Blocker, we draw a century-long thread from the Tulsa Race Massacre to the present, exploring the lingering economic, psychological and emotional impacts that have undermined the rebuilding of the once thriving community.
Through intimate interviews and lyrical verite, Byron, Jacqueline, Michelle and their family members reach back to uplift the stories of their forebears, the success they created, the pride they possess, while also reckoning with the unfulfilled potential of what could have been a Black Promised Land.
Directed by Nailah Jefferson | Run Time 22 minutes | A Transform Films Production
The year-long national social impact campaign for Descended from The Promised Land: The Legacy of Black Wall Street is designed to educate, engage and activate the public around the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, acknowledging that this is a major historical event that is not widely taught in schools. The campaign launched in alignment with the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, with the overarching goal of honoring the legacies of survivors and descendants
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Descended from The Promised Land: The Legacy of Black Wall Street connects the past to the present. It is an unmasking of the families whose names are etched into the bricks of Greenwood, a lucrative and industrious empire built for and by Black people in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This story is literally the tale of two cities. Its development was not solely a product of Jim Crow, a set of laws that segregated communities and individuals of color, as many have erroneously reported.
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