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NAACP Community Conversations on Race: Goin’ Back To T-Town, May 22 @ 3:00pm
May 22, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join the Windham/Willimantic Branch of the NAACP for a conversation about the Tulsa, Oklahoma Race Massacre of 1921.
By 1921, Tulsa’s Black population had grown to almost 11,000, and the Greenwood community was booming. It was a time of prosperity for the residents. The neighborhood boasted grocery stores, Black movie houses, Black newspapers, drugstores, Black public schools, a Black public library, barbecue and chili parlors, and about 13 churches. But it was also a dangerous time to be Black in America. Between 1917 and 1921, racial violence was rampant. In cities across the country, Blacks were being beaten, burned, and lynched in alarming numbers. No one, Black or white, was prepared for what happened on the night of May 31, 1921.
Goin’ Back to T-Town tells the story of Greenwood, this extraordinary Black community that rose from the ashes, and by 1936 boasted the largest concentration of Black-owned businesses in the U.S., known as “Black Wall Street.” Ironically, it could not survive the progressive policies of integration and urban renewal of the 1960s. Told through the memories of those who lived through the events, the film is a bittersweet celebration of small-town life and the resilience of a community’s spirit.
The conversation is expected to last around 2 hours. Participants are encouraged to watch the PBS American Experience episode Goin’ Back To T-Town prior to the event, but it is not required: