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Black Wall Street



May 30, 2021

10:30 am Live from the Sanctuary via YouTube Video Link

Jenna Crawford, Ministerial Intern


100 years ago, between May 31 and June 1, the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa Oklahoma—what had been known as Black Wall Street for its economic vitality at the time—was violently brutalized by white Tulsa residents. Thirty blocks of black homes and businesses were burned to the ground, 300 people of color were killed, and 800 more were injured. What’s more, this history was covered up by the white media for decades and had not begun to be reckoned with until the creation of the Tulsa Race Riot Commission in the late 1990s. On Sunday May 30, we will dive into this difficult history, as well as into what we can learn today from Tulsa about accountability, the various overt and covert forms of racism at play, and reparations. 


Virtual Social Hour

After our Sunday morning livestream service, you’re invited to our Virtual Social Hour on Zoom, starting at 11:30am, or as soon as the Sunday service ends.

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