Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Julius Pegues talked about Tulsa, Oklahoma's, historic Greenwood district and how Tulsa's African American community overcame race riots to rebuild their community. Dubbed America's "Black Wall Street" by Booker T. Washington, the Greenwood district was a prosperous center for black commerce in the early 20th century. In 1921, a conflict between blacks and whites led to the destruction of much of the Greenwood area.

Description

Julius Pegues talked about Tulsa, Oklahoma’s, historic Greenwood district and how Tulsa’s African American community overcame race riots to rebuild their community. Dubbed America’s “Black Wall Street” by Booker T. Washington, the Greenwood district was a prosperous center for black commerce in the early 20th century. In 1921, a race riot by whites led to the destruction of much of the Greenwood area.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How did the African-American community become financially prosperous in Tulsa?
  • Describe the types of jobs and services that were available for African-Americans in the Greenwood District.
  • Describe the events that occurred during the race riots in 1921.
  • What obstacles did the Greenwood District face after the race riots? How did the community overcome these obstacles?

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Black Wall Street
    • Entrepreneur
    • Greenwood District
    • Melee
    • Ordinance
    • Race Riot
    • Tulsa

    Topics

    Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesState HistoryU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity