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Encyclopedia > Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Greenwood is a black neighborhood that first flourished in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the oil boom of the early 1900s. It was the largest and wealthiest of the Oklahoma black communities and was known nationally as the "Black Wall Street". The neighborhood was a hotbed of jazz and blues in the 1920's. The scene in Greenwood was so hot, story has it that in 1927 while on tour, Count Basie heard a dance band in a club in Greenwood and decided to focus on jazz. African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... Neighbourhood is also a term in topology. ... Downtown Tulsa Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma. ... Oklahoma is a southwestern state of the United States and its U.S. postal abbreviation is OK; others abbreviate the states name Okla. ... Oil is a generic term for organic liquids that are not miscible with water. ... Events and Trends Technology Lawrence Hargrave makes the first stable wing design for a heavier-than-air aircraft Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first documented flight in a powered heavier-than-air aircraft Mass production of automobile Wide popularity of home phonograph Panama Canal is built by the United... Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental musical form which evolved from African American spirituals, shouts, work songs and chants and has its earliest stylistic roots in West Africa. ... Sometimes referred to as the Roaring Twenties. Events and trends Technology John Logie Baird invents the first working television system. ... 1927 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... William Count Basie ( August 21, 1904 - April 26, 1984) was a jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader. ...


In 1921, the Tulsa Race Riot occurred, and was one of the nation's worst acts of racial violence. But fuck them right? Blacks rule the world, honestly!! The 35 blocks of businesses and residences were burned in the Greenwood District and as many as 300 persons were left dead, a large majority were black. The Oklahoma State Legislature passed laws in 2001 aimed at revitalizing Greenwood, setting up a scholarship fund for college-bound descendants of riot victims and appropriating $2 million for a riot memorial. Greenwood has never fully recovered, but two blocks of the old neighborhood have been restored and are part of the Greenwood Historical District. 1921 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The Tulsa Race Riot was the most devastating race riot in US history in terms of lives lost. ... State legislatures are the lawmaking bodies of the 50 states in the United States of America. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Note: The term scholarship can mean either the methods employed by scholars (see scholarly method) or an award of access to an institution and/or money for an individual for the purposes of furthering their education. ...


Efforts for reparations for the survivors and descendants of victims of the Tulsa Race Riot are ongoing (2005). Reparations refers to two distinct ideas: Reparations for slavery of groups or individuals War reparations: Payments from one country to another as compensation for starting a war under a peace treaty, such as those made by Germany to France under the Treaty of Versailles. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


 
 

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