Descended from the Promised Land: The Legacy of Black Wall Street
Director: Nailah Jefferson Run Time: 90 min. Release Year: 2021
In recognition of MLK Day, the Bedford Playhouse is offering a special presentation of the film Descended from the Promised Land followed by a discussion with the audience, led by moderator Alison Munsch, Ph.D., Iona University.
The film starts at 10am. Doors open at 9am for refreshments and fellowship.
Please bring nonperishable food and snacks for the youth service project – register for the youth project HERE.
In 1921, North Tulsa’s Greenwood District, the most prosperous Black community in America, was set ablaze, bombed, and looted during a racially motivated violent attack against the thriving Black community. Businesses, homes, and lives were lost, and Black Wall Street, as it was known, has never reclaimed its former glory. The Tulsa Race Massacre was only the first in a line of repeated targeted attacks on the progress of the Greenwood District and its residents.
Through the lens of Black Wall Street descendants Byron Crenshaw, Jacqueline Blocker and Michelle Blocker, we draw a century-long thread from the Tulsa Race Massacre to the present, exploring the lingering economic, psychological and emotional impacts that have undermined the rebuilding of the once thriving community.