TULSA, Okla. — Drums and singing filled the air as the Black Wall Street Memorial March reached the Greenwood Cultural Center. It was the one of many highlights from the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival.
Volunteer Devin Williams said the festival isn’t just about the Tulsa Race Massacre, but it’s also a reminder of Greenwood itself.
“It is a reminder of what this area really is. This area is not OSU. This area is not the baseball stadium. This area is not I-244. This is an area of black love, joy and prosperity.”
With many coming out to support local businesses, Williams said it’s good to see the community come together.
“I think one of the strongest forms of resistance is joy. This black smile on my face is resistance, us supporting each other loving each other, spending money with each other, dancing with each other, singing with each other.”
The theme was respect, repair and restitution.
It was shared at a luncheon earlier in the day honoring the last three living survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre and their descendants.
Remarks focused on the fight for reparations, and the ongoing threat of white supremacy in America.
Williams and others want to see real action from city leaders.
Williams said, “Not make named streets after it, not put plaques down, but do what is necessary, which is give reparations to descendants and survivors.”
Williams hopes people remember Greenwood not just for what was but for the vibrantly resilient community it still is.
“It doesn’t need to be a centennial. It doesn’t have to be Legacy Fest. All are welcome. All are loved. And if you’re black Greenwood’s still the magic city. It’s not past. Greenwood is present. Greenwood is alive.”
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