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The Black people of Tulsa, Oklahoma had come together to build their own thriving and enterprising community of entrepreneurs in the Greenwood District.  Today, we take up the mantle to continue to build and thrive in the spirit of entrepreneurship. 

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The History of Black Wall Street


On May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob of supremacists decimated a Black American neighborhood, killing families and forcing others to leave.  

Witnesses famously describe some of the white men running to a nearby airfield, where survivors said planes rained down bullets on the neighborhood and dropped homemade bombs.

The massacre could possibly be Oklahoma's deadliest act of domestic terrorism and one of the most violent racial attacks in American history.  ABC News goes deep into the story of the Greenwood massacre in its podcast, which includes Charlie Wilson's story in "Soul of a Nation: Tulsa's Buried Truth."  You can subscribe where you get your podcasts to hear more.

"Truth smashed down to the ground shall rise again undaunted."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ABC News senior national correspondent Steve Osunsami wanted to get to the bottom of the stories surrounding the massacre and its connection to The Gap Band's song, so he went straight to the source in Tulsa.

Along with the ABC News Investigative Unit and ABC Audio, Osunsami created a podcast on the event called "Tulsa's Buried Truths," available for download.

Listeners who know the origin of the GAP band (Greenwood, Archer & Pine Sts.) have long suspected the song may have been written to shed a light on the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.  Check out the video pics as the band sings.


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