June 1st marked the 99th year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, one of the worst acts of racism-fueled violence in American history, where a white mob rushed an affluent black community known as “Black Wall Street,” in Tulsa, Oklahoma. About 1,200 homes were burned, 35 blocks burned, and an estimated 300 Black people killed, according to Vox.
Basketball legend LeBron James and long-time partner and friend, Maverick Carter own the entertainment company, SpringHill Entertainment, and confirmed that they are working on a documentary depicting the historic and tragic event.
In a tweet, SpringHill called it “one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history.” For decades, the story of the massacre was pushed away, covered up, and falsely deduced to “race riot.”
“We knew we had to empower her to tell that story,” SpringHill said in a tweet about the documentary’s director, Salima Koroma.
Only until the late 1990s did the state of Oklahoma assemble a commission to delve into the history of the tragic event. In 2001, they released their findings. Still, there are many questions left unanswered.
The news of the documentary arrives as worldwide protests and demonstrations condemning racial injustices and police brutality continue on.
“The Tulsa Race Massacre is not just a black story but American history,” wrote Koroma. “The fabric of this country is soaked in racism and today 99 years later, we’re still fighting for change. That’s why I’m partnering with SpringHill Entertainment to tell the story of Black Wall Street.”