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2020 BLPC: Reading ~ GREENWOOD: American Dream Destroyed (SEP 13-20)

2020 Black & Latino Playwrights Celebration
Sunday, Sep 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM (CT)

Available thru SEPTEMBER 20th

For an electronic copy of the 2020 BLPC Digital Program: CLICK HERE.

READING: GREENWOOD: American Dream Destroyed

Play by Celeste Bedford Walker 

Greenwood: American Dream Destroyed examines the tragedy that took place on May 30-June 1, 1921 in the Greenwood District of Tulsa Oklahoma. In highly segregated Tulsa, Oklahoma, an African American community known as the “Negro Wall Street” grew and thrived. The Greenwood District boasted one of the most affluent African American communities in the country. Black citizens created entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves with a vibrant business district including banks, hotels, cafes, movie theaters, modern homes, and an excellent education system. Then disaster and devastation struck. Tulsa police arrested a young black man on an unsubstantiated charge. An inflammatory report in the Tulsa Tribune the next day spurred a racial confrontation and the Greenwood District found itself looted and burned for over 24 hours by white mobs. Thirty-six city blocks lay in charred ruins, over 300 black residents were killed, 600 African American businesses burned to the ground, and thousands were left homeless.

Greenwood: American Dream Destroyed
tells this powerful story from the perspective of three generations of the Boley family, a representative composite of an African American family that may have lived during that tragic and tumultuous time.

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