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OWN, Trailblazer Studios prep “The Legacy of Black Wall Street”

Yet another documentary on the 1921 Tulsa Massacre is set to premiere this summer. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Trailblazer Studios have teamed up for the OWN Spotlight event The Legacy ...
May 12, 2021

Yet another documentary on the 1921 Tulsa Massacre is set to premiere this summer.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Trailblazer Studios have teamed up for the OWN Spotlight event The Legacy of Black Wall Street.

The two-part special will premiere on non-fiction streamer Discovery+ June 1 and June 8, in addition to broadcasting on OWN at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The Legacy of Black Wall Street tracks the rise of Black Wall Street in Oklahoma’s Greenwood District up until the tragic 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre that destroyed the 36-block booming business epicenter.

The special tells the story through the lives of five individuals who were there in the early 1900s: Loula Williams, Augusta Stradford, Dr. Andrew C Jackson, Drusilla Dunjee Houston and A.J. Smitherman.

Woven with the words and images of these early pioneers are the stories of the descendants and present-day activists of the Greenwood era: Venita Cooper, Jerica Wortham, Charity Marcus, Dr. Jabraan Pasha and Raven Majia Williams.

Throughout the documentary various experts, financial professionals, and historians and professors such as Angela Davis (pictured) and Ellora Derenoncourt, as well as Representative Regina Goodwin and J. Kavin Ross, both direct descendants of the Tulsa massacre, bring their stories to life in never-before-seen interviews.

Executive producers include Ashleigh Di Tonto and Jeff Lanter. Deborah Riley Draper serves as director and producer.

Trailblazer Studios is also producing another film on the massacre: Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer for National Geographic.

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Jillian Morgan is the Associate Editor at Realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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