Black Wall Street is the story of Greenwood in Tulsa Oklahoma; a town that rose to prominence during the early 1900's, as an all-black enclave. At the center of this bustling town was a 65-room hotel surrounded by 600 thriving businesses.
The story exposes one of the largest race riots to occur in the U.S.A. The large-scale, racially motivated conflict on June 1, 1921, in which whites attacked the black community resulting in the resolute destruction of the Greenwood District, also known as ' Black Wall Street'.
The Black Wall Street Experience not only pays homage to the people and legacy of Greenwood but is also a memorial to the concept of self sustainable communities; a concept generally toted as a twenty first century notion and not generally initiated by minority groups.
The facility to house The Black Wall Street Experience will be at The Andrew Freedman Home a 117,200 square foot, 4-story, limestone mansion that occupies an entire block designed by Joseph H. Friedlander in 1922
Shades of Truth Theatre and 4Dreamers Productions
Shades of Truth Theatre, Audelco Award Winner 2009, has been a welcoming presence in the theater community for the past nine years because of its excellence in producing positive and affordable entertainment with high standards. Shades of Truth Theatre has the passion to explore and develop relevant, provocative, and innovative new plays written by and about people of color and the Black experience. At the core of Shades of Truth Theatre is our commitment to produce works that stimulate, agitate...
New Heritage Theatre Group, the oldest Black nonprofit theater company in New York City, originated in 1964 under the name New Heritage Repertory Theatre by the late Roger Furman, a revered playwright, director, actor and lecturer, who began his in the 1940s with the American Negro Theatre in Harlem. The mission was to preserve and institutionalize classic works of Black theatre.
In 1983, Voza Rivers, an award winning music and theatre producer took over the company, and reorganized under the name New Heritage Theatre Group (NHTG). Voza expanded the mission to provide training, experience and international explosure to veteran and emerging artists. New Heritage Theatre Group presentations reflect the historical, social and political experiences of African and Latino descendants in America and abroad.
In 1997, Jamal Joseph, an award winning writer, director, documentary film maker and educator, became the Executive Artistic Director. Katsuya (Kats) Abe, International Producer, joined New Heritage Theate Group in 1987 and co-produced numerous events in the United States and abroad, including: Jazz for Peace, International Piano with People for Disabilities and many others.