Black Wall Street | Commemorating 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre
Seattle showed up and showed out to commemorate the 100-Year Anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre. In 1921, on May 31 and June 1st, the Tulsa police deputized and armed hundreds of white individuals to shoot at Black residents and bomb and set fire to thriving Black-owned businesses and residences in the Greenwood District of Oklahoma. Before this violent attack, that area of thriving Black families, business owners and entrepreneurs was known as "Black Wall Street."
Honoring and uplifting their accomplishments and loss, with Africatown Community Land Trust and Black Dot Underground, we took over South Jackson and lined the streets with over 140 Black Businesses! With a wide variety of Black vendors, entrepreneurs, leaders, and artists, the space was filled with Black joy, resistance, success, and celebration. Check out Converge Media's video of the event here.
Leaders provided the history behind the 100th Anniversary, named local policy and decisions that divested from and continue to actively harm this region’s Black community; and, as always, uplifted the opportunity to take collective action toward building a new normal rooted in equity.
As we know Black businesses received virtually none of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) federal COVID relief. Use your voice alongside thousands of supporters to make sure the next tranche of relief is distributed equitably through out Seattle and Martin Luther King Jr. County. Demand at least $300M in American Relief Plan Act funding directly into the local Black community here.
'Honoring Our Black Wall Streets' Commemorates Tulsa Massacre
Nearly 200 Black-owned businesses participated in “Honoring Our Black Wall Streets” on Memorial Day in the Central District, to honor Black Wall Street on the 100th Anniversary of its tragic destruction. The memorial event was organized by King County Equity Now, Black Dot, and Africatown Community Land Trust and celebrated the resilience of the local Black business community.
Converge Media Coverage | Black Business Takeover on South Jackson
Watch Converge Media's video of our co-organized historic #BlackWallStreet event on South Jackson Street in the Central District. With Africatown Community Land Trust and Black Dot Underground, we took over South Jackson with over 140 Black businesses, a 20 minute long community electric slide and lots and lots of Black Joy.
Help Invest $300M in the Black Community
Black community leaders, members, business owners, and elected officials addressed the State of Black Community in COVID-19 and presented the collective demand to invest federal American Relief Plan Act (ARPA) funding equitably. Black community leaders are calling on the City of Seattle and Martin Luther King Jr. County to invest at least $300 million dollars from ARPA funding directly into the local Black community. Take action in support.
King County Equity Now Demands $300 Million In Direct Investments To Black Community
“Current, white-centric, non-community-based services do not work for a predominantly Black service population,” says Emijah Smith, Chief of Staff for King County Equity Now. The collective is advocating for $300 million of investment directly into the Black community for service and other holistic relief. Read the Seattle's Medium's piece to learn more about the collective, cross-sector demand.