The Victory of Greenwood: B. C. Franklin

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno B.C. Franklin’s autobiography, “My Life and an Era,” takes its readers back in time to a period of Oklahoma’s history when Black families enjoyed an abundance of prosperity, peace and freedom. His parents were Choctaw and Chickasaw and were both highly respected in the Indian Territory. Growing up, B.C. learnedContinue reading “The Victory of Greenwood: B. C. Franklin”

The Victory of Greenwood: Simon Berry

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno Greenwood produced many great entrepreneurs but perhaps none has left such a lasting legacy on Tulsa as Simon Berry. Social entrepreneurship is a current buzz word in the business community but this was the type of business that Berry conducted throughout his life. Berry’s businesses met the needs of theContinue reading “The Victory of Greenwood: Simon Berry”

The Victory of Greenwood: J. B. Stradford

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno On the morning of Tuesday, December 1st, 1908, J.B. Stradford and his wife Augusta boarded a train from Kansas on the Katy line to Tulsa, Oklahoma. They refused to ride in the furthest train car, reserved for Black passengers, behind the cars that carried animals. The conductor wired the trainContinue reading “The Victory of Greenwood: J. B. Stradford”

Making Sure We Don’t Forget: Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition’s 10,000 Brick Campaign

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde Tulsa’s Greenwood District, also known as Historic Black Wall Street, was the most influential hub of Black entrepreneurship and free enterprise in the history of the United States. In May of 1921, this preeminent community was brutally attacked, burned, and left in ruins with more than 10,000 businesses destroyed, includingContinue reading “Making Sure We Don’t Forget: Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition’s 10,000 Brick Campaign”

The Victory of Greenwood: O.W. Gurley

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno During his life, O.W. Gurley was an educator, a church founder, a presidential appointee, a general store owner, a hotel proprietor, a landlord, a deputy police officer, and most famously, the founder of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, OK. His vision of a prosperous black community would be destroyed twiceContinue reading “The Victory of Greenwood: O.W. Gurley”