The Tulsa Race Massacre. May 31-June 1, 1921. The destruction of 600 businesses and 35 blocks of life, community, + pride. 300 deaths. 800 injuries. $31 million in damage (by today's rates). 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, schools, and a bus system. Burned to the ground in 24 hours.
The energy. The unrest. The families. The lives. The happiness. The destruction. Just walk down Greenwood District and I swear you can feel it all. Today is May 31st, 2018. It has been 97 years. These are the entrepreneurs who inspire me and that I believe can inspire others too. With few resources - these entrepreneurs created a life for themselves and so many others. They designed a community built on pillars of love and care and opportunity. I have so much respect for Oklahoma's Black Wall Street. I do wonder what life would be like today for all of us if it were still here.