Upcoming Events 2023
New GCC Website Launch
Greenwood Cultural Center has launched is brand new modern and dynamic website.
Tulsa Hate Crimes Forum
This free forum for law enforcement, attorneys, community members, community advocacy organizations, and other groups in Tulsa is part of a menu of services that the DOJ offers to elevate this topic.
Nigerian Independence Celebration
A celebration of Nigerian culture through authentic food, dance and music.
To be announced...
To be announced...
We offer a comprehensive array of resources for teachers and educators, parents, students and young entrepreneurs. Curriculums and online video courses to live visual exhibits that supplies context to our history and resources to create solutions for future.
Maya Angelou was an American memoirist, poet, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.
Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017.
Cornel Ronald West is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, actor, and public intellectual.
Our Focus Areas
We envision Tulsa as a community that celebrates and promotes the extraordinary heritage, history and legacy of African Americans and the Greenwood District and is a model of multiculturalism at its best.
We value our history and the integrity of our ancestors. We make the promise to tell the whole truth of 1921 and those that were affected through the tragic massacre that occurred just steps from where our building is located.
“History is not the past but a map of the past, drawn from a particular point of view, to be useful to the modern traveler.” -Henry Galssie
Restoring the Black Wall Street culture is a high priority to north Tulsa's community. African American culture is one of our most valuable assets to this country.
The 1921 Race Massacre left an unmoving crater in our past. It is our job to help rebuild on what was and begin to see what will be in the future.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards…” -Soren Kierkegaard
Greenwood Cultural Center is a charitable organization under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are deductible for federal income, estate, and gift tax purposes.
Greenwood Cultural Center is proud to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Digital Accelerator for Arts and Culture, which supports arts organizations through strategic improvements to technology infrastructure.
"Barney S. Cleaver, the first African-American policeman in Tulsa, was born in Newbern, VA in 1865 (the actual date was January 2, 1867). In Newbern, he attended public school until he was fifteen. He then moved to Charleston, WV where he initially worked on a steamer and later worked in the coal mines.
The church, like others in Greenwood, was a symbol of economic might that became symbolic of the largest concentration of black wealth in America. To have Mount Zion return in a state “as good as it ever was,” said Givens, inspired the district’s black residents to move forward.
A.J. Smitherman, newspaper editor and publisher of the Tulsa Star, was not only an influential leader in Tulsa's wealthy and growing black community, he was its conscience. He helped shape the spirit of The Black Wall Street of America with his continuous and fearless denunciations against Jim Crow.
It has been noted the origin of war is theft, a collective will for a collective purpose. Tulsa's blacks may have fallen victim of the axiom. They had refused to sell their land, with its strategic location, before and after the catastrophe.
The future of GCC is bright and changing! We are currently working on a renovation project and we can’t wait for you to see all that we have in store.