Published On June 1, 2014 | black economic history, black people and money, financial commentary, Financial News, investing, money and politics, News
The story of Black Wall Street in the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma is the kind of story that every black person in America should share with their children. Everyone who is very quick to criticize black people for not having wealth might want to realize that there have been situations when black people actually exceeded their white counterparts when it came to money management and wealth building. In the case of Black Wall Street, the only fault of black citizens is that they did not exceed their white neighbors in fire power, legal power or shear brutality.
This Facebook message was left by Damario Solomon-Simmons, a prominent attorney in the state of Oklahoma. Damario tells the story of Otis “Dad” Clark, the oldest known survivor of the Greenwood Massacre. Please read carefully, share with those you know, and make sure that the legacy of these brave black Americans is never, ever forgotten. The message is below:
On this sober 93rd anniversary of the Greenwood Massacre (a/k/a Tulsa Race Riot), I dedicate this post to Otis “Dad” Clark the oldest known survivor of the Greenwood Massacre who died two years ago at 109. I had the GREAT opportunity working with and traveling to Washington D.C. on several occasions with Dad Clark while representing the survivors of Greenwood.During these journeys for justice, Dad Clark often spoke of looking forward to the day when he and the other survivors would get justice for themselves and the Black community of Tulsa. Sadly, Dad Clark left this earth without the satisfaction of the elusive justice that he pursued with vigor, grace, and enthusiasm.You can continue Dad Clark’s pursuit of justice by educating your network about Greenwood, requesting your local schools to teach at Greenwood, and requesting your Congressperson to support Rep. John Conyers “The John Hope Franklin Tulsa-Greenwood Race Riot Claims Accountability Act of 2012 which will create a federal cause of action to allow the survivors of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Riot of 1921 to seek a determination on the merits of their civil rights and other claims against the perpetrators of the riot in a federal court of law.” #Never Forget!