The best description of Black Wall Street, or Little Africa as it became known as, was the golden door of the Black community during the early 1900s, and it proved that African Americans could have successful infrastructure.
Founded in 1908, this Black community hosted over 600 businesses and 36 square blocks with a population of 15,000 African Americans, the dollar circulated 36 to 100 times. We owned medical schools, jewelry stores, 21 churches, 21 restaurants, and two movie theaters.
On June 1, 1921, due to yet another false accusation, Black Wall Street was bombed from the air and in less than a 12 hour span it was burned to the ground by deputized mobs of envious Whites from nearby cities.
This is our Black Wall Street. This is our community.
And this is our chance to impact and change it for the better.