It was on May 31 and June 1, 1921 that greater than 35 sq. blocks of Black Wall Street or the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States — at the moment the wealthiest Black neighborhood in US, was destroyed on the floor and from non-public plane by mobs of White residents, many of whom have been deputized and given weapons by metropolis officers. The goal have been the Black residents whose properties, companies, church buildings, colleges and municipal buildings in the district have been attacked with weapons, explosives or have been deliberately set on fires or arson or broken with incendiary units dropped from airplanes.
It is also called the Black Wall Street Massacre, the Greenwood Massacre, the Tulsa Massacre, the Tulsa pogrom or the Tulsa race riot. Ahead of its centennial this Monday, American speak present host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey shared a reading list to teach followers about the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Through her Book Club which highlights the books chosen by Oprah in common interactive classes with followers, the tv producer and actor shared, “This Monday marks the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, considered among the worst incidents of racial violence in American history (sic)”.
She added, “On May 31 and June 1, 1921, mobs of white residents destroyed Tulsa’s famed “Black Wall Street,” killing Black residents and burning their properties and companies (sic).” Crediting the curated reading list to an impartial bookstore owned by the Tulsa Literary Coalition, Oprah elaborated, “Just steps from Greenwood, in Tulsa’s historic Arts District, is Magic City Books (@magiccitybooks). A non-profit, independent bookstore, they’ve compiled a reading list about the massacre to commemorate the centennial, including Tulsa native Scott Ellsworth’s recently released “The Ground Breaking” (sic).”
The list apparently contains books for all ages to study extra and income from the retailer reportedly helps fund their packages which assist the native financial system and contribute to the cultural life of Tulsans. Check out the Tulsa 1921 Reading List right here:
1. Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its (*27*) Racial Trauma by Hannibal B. Johnson
2. The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice by Scott Ellsworth
3. Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Scott Ellsworth
4. Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District by Hannibal B. Johnson
5. Tulsa, 1921: Reporting a Massacre by Randy Krehbiel
6. The Nation Must Awake: My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Mary E. Jones Parrish
7. Magic City by Jewell Parker Rhodes
8. Fire in Beulah by Rilla Askew
9. Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink
10. Across the Tracks: Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre and Black Wall Street by Alverne Ball and Stacey Robinson
11. The Victory of Greenwood by Carlos A. Moreno
12. Opal’s Greenwood Oasis by Quraysh Ali Lansana, Najah-Amatullah Hylton, et al.
13. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford
14. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
15. The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan
16. The Burning (Young Readers Edition): Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan (Author) Hilary Beard (Adapted by)
17. Riot and Remembrance: America’s Worst Race Riot and Its Legacy by James S. Hirsch
18. Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District by Hannibal B. Johnson
19. Aamila’s Adventure: Remembering the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Tara Henderson
20. Riot on Greenwood: The Total Destruction of Black Wall Street by Eddie Faye Gates
21. Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation by Alfred L. Brophy
22. Tulsa Burning: Friends Show Their True Colors in Times of Trouble by Anna Myers
23. Hidden History of Tulsa by Steve Gerkin
24. If We Must Die: A Novel of Tulsa’s 1921 Greewood Riot by Pat Carr
25. Holocaust in the Homeland: Black Wall Street’s Last Days by Corinda Pitts Marsh
26. Watchmen (2019 Edition) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
27. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson