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1921 Black Wall Street:  An Artistic Reflection

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Stage Play Commemorates the 1921 Black Wall Street

In commemoration of the upcoming centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Greenwood Cultural Center presents a stage production: 1921 Black Wall Street An Artistic Reflection. This production invites the audience to experience through spoken word, dance and more, the 1921 Greenwood community known as Black Wall Street; viewing this important history through the lens of artistic reflection. Working collaboratively, local Tulsa writers, artists and performers, conceived, wrote, directed and produced this special work. 

Entertainment Great for Families

Greenwood Cultural Center invites families to experience the stage production: 1921 Black Wall Street An Artistic Reflection. Families will enjoy the history of Black Wall Street through dance, spoken word and more. We invite you and your family to enjoy this special production made by the community for the community! Notice to parents: part of the production will showcase the events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in a non-gory portrayal. We invite you to visit the Greenwood Cultural Center website for lessons about Black Wall Street and the Massacre prior to attending the show, to prepare your children for what they will experience.   Click to read "Father is the World on Fire?", a poem written by one of the spoken word artists, Brianna Guice.

About the Play

  • Artistic Direction: Joshua Forbes of Forbes Dance Click here to view his website

  • Choreography by: Forbes Dance and AbunDance

  • Live Music:  Braylon Dedmon - Saxophonist Click here to view his website

  • Project Coordination by: Cynthia Townsend of Ideas, Knowledge & Strategies LLC                               Click here to view her website

  • Poets: Cathy Bankston, Akira Garner, Brianna Gulice, Ja’Rae Pierce, BritniSharde, Charmane Townsend, Cynthia Townsend

  • Voice Overs:  Cathy Bankston, Joshua Forbes, Toya Forbes, Akira Garner, Ja’Rae Pierce,       Charmane Townsend

  • Principal Dancers: Mariah Allen, Joshua Forbes, Ahkiah McClendon, Tyra Millinets, Tiffany Minix, Jayla Smith, Je’Angelle Smith, Charmane Townsend, Kiondrey Walker, Darick Williams

  • Secondary Dancers: Albree Black, Davontai Bradford, Laurel Ryan, Tou Vue

  • Actor/Actress:  Toya Forbes 

  • Trail of Tears Extras:  Brittany Dias, Jeff Gaffen, Taylor McClellan, Jake Tiger, Khloe Angel Williams, Kyle Williams

  • Massacre Extras:  Abrahim Abdullah, Dion Berryhill, Jon Edwards, Jonathan Hanisch, Carrie Holmes, Travis Jeffries, Bradly McPherson, Gabe Odon, Kenny Prentice, Aaron Rayner, Kate Remington,    Mike Remington, Johnathon Schrader, Gabe Todd, Alan Wilson

  • Executive Producer: Greenwood Cultural Center

  • Sponsors/In-Kind:  Scissortail Ballroom, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Community College -  McKeon Center For Creativity 

  • Funded by: United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund

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