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Morris Chestnut Teams Up With OWN For New Docuseries About The Legacy Of Black Wall Street

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by Veracity Savant

September 18, 2023

In the early 20th century, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood district was a thriving predominantly Black community often referred to as Black Wall Street.

Many African American families had flocked to the area, purchasing the land sold exclusively to “coloreds.” They created a bustling community filled with successful businesses, banks, theaters, and shops.

Unfortunately, the success was short-lived, with the Greenwood being decimated just two decades after it was settled.

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre destroyed homes, businesses, and claimed the lives of many Black Greenwood residents. While those who survived have continued to keep the memory alive, fighting daily for what is rightfully owed to them. Many of their descendants have also kept the spirit of Black Wall Street alive, a testament to the resilient spirit of the community. 

Now actor Morris Chestnut has partnered with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) to executive produce a new six-part docuseries shining a light on the legacy of Black Wall Street, Essence reports.

“Rebuilding Black Wall Street” will not only focus on the tragedy that was the Tulsa Massacre. It will also highlight the efforts of the current community to rebuild more than a century later. 

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“Over the course of six episodes, Chestnut…[will] guide viewers through Greenwood’s rich history and the personal journeys of those featured – many of whom are the descendants of original Black Wall Street residents…As new businesses and projects progress, viewers will experience the physical and emotional challenges that come with large-scale construction and celebrate the promise of Greenwood’s future,” said the docuseries’ producers in a statement.

Chestnut is serving as executive producer and host for the project, partnering with OWN and Greenwood Creative Studios to bring the series to life under his GMC8 Productions banner.

“100 years later the descendants of the Greenwood community are rebuilding a new legacy, and we’re here to help,” said Chestnut. 

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“Rebuilding Black Wall Street” airs September 29th at 9pm EST on OWN. 

Photo by OWN / NBC

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Miranda Moore
Miranda Moore
8 months ago

Awesome – I don’t want to miss this.

Barbara J Warren
Barbara J Warren
8 months ago

I live in the Greenwood District I am looking forward to seeing this feature.

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