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presented by Shades of Truth Theatre. In 1921, in a small community in Tulsa Oklahoma, there was a Black paradise called Greenwood. This community consisted of Blacks, who fled the oppression of the South; to carve out for themselves their place in history.

11/30/2012
When: 11/6/2012
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
3940 Broadway
NYC
Contact: 212 690 0797

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In 1921, in a small community in Tulsa Oklahoma, there was a Black paradise called Greenwood. This community consisted of Blacks, who fled the oppression of the South; to carve out for themselves their place in history. They formed a peculiar society of Blacks, Indians, and Jews, who respected and did business with each other. In time, some of the Blacks who happened to settle on oil rich land became incredibly wealthy. So wealthy, in fact, that the town was soon known as Black Wall Street. In a mere 36 block section of town, these African-Americans owned and operated up to 600 thriving businesses.

One of the most popular of these businesses was Old Lady Boleys’, an eating establishment which is where our play begins. One Sunday evening, the town’s more influential citizens gathered to have their pictures taken for the local newspaper; in honor of the community’s 20th anniversary. Before the play ends, the entire community of Greenwood is completely burned to the ground. In a 12 hour period, a major Black economic movement is halted.

Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday December 1, 2012 - 3pm and 7pm - The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center  

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January 5th and 6th 2013 - York College, Queens N.Y.


Shades of Truth Theatre is now accepting bookings and Groups for Black Wall Street
914 297 8286 or 212 690 0797
http://www.shadesoftruththeatre.com / shadesoftruththeatre@gmail.com