Unit 7: The Great Migration & The Harlem Renaissance (1916 – 1935)

Unit 7, Class 4: The Rise and Destruction of Black Wall Street

Black Wall Street
One of the few plaques that commemorate the legacy of "Black Wall Street." The entire Black community was firebombed and burned to the ground because Black men refused to allow White people to lynch an innocent Black man falsely accused of sexually assaulting a white woman.

Documentary: The Tulsa "Riot" of 1921 (Documentary starts at the 5:35 minute mark and ends at the 1:21 hour mark)

Black Wall Street
Many people say incidents like this should not be taught in U.S. history textbooks; that it incites hatred of whites. Unfortunately the past affects the present. All of the wealth of this community was destroyed by a white mob. None of the Black people were ever compensated for their losses. What's worse is that we tell their descendants to forget about the murder of their ancestors and the theft of their inheritance. 
Study Questions

What incident (s) sparked the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921? What were the real motives behind the Tulsa Race Riot? 
What role did the local sheriff play in the Tulsa Riot of 1921? Who was responsible for ordering the air bombing “Black Wall Street?”
How many black people were murdered during the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921? What was the damage done to “Black Wall Street” and the black community of Tulsa?
What did the Oklahoma government do to the aid to blacks that was coming from other states? What lie did “embarrassed” city officials and clergymen present to the world regarding aid to blacks after the Massacre? 
How did the white Tulsa newspaper describe the Massacre?
What happened with the trial of Dick Rowland, the man responsible for attempting to rape the white elevator worker that sparked the riot?
What would have happened to whites who harbored blacks or tried to help defenseless blacks during the Massacre?