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Opening the Doors of History: The Black Wall Street Story
May 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
History is a great teacher, but we must attend class. Join us as we open the doors of Black Wall Street with Clifton L. Taulbert. In Taulbert’s “class,” he will take us on a journey prior to 1619 and the initiation of African American servitude and enslavement, giving us a glimpse of why Black Wall Street can be viewed as a natural outgrowth of a free people who were invested with dreams of their own and a robust dream of what they could accomplish. Taulbert will also share the multiple pathways of history that intersected, thereby placing portions of the once-enslaved in positions to bring their dreams to reality. Once freed from the shackles of enslavement, they set out to fully discover themselves, in most cases without support from the majority community. They banded together and towns were birthed, and the economic engines were fired up. They created their fields of dreams, towns of their own making – from Nicodemus, Kansas, in 1877, to Red Bird and Boley, Oklahoma, during the early 1900s and, eventually, Deep Greenwood, which later came to be known as Tulsa’s Black Wall Street.