Black Wall Street

Before Wakanda, There Was Greenwood

Like many who watched Black Panther this year, you may have been equally amazed and impressed by its portrayals of black excellence. The film featured Wakanda – a country with vast and well-managed resources, an educated and sophisticated black population and superior technology. For many members of the black diaspora it was not just entertaining.

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The Story

Hank Gilliam is a white Tulsa news writer in his 40’s working for a local paper during the 1970’s. Tulsa, Oklahoma – and the country at large – is in the midst of major social change and Hank undergoes a mid-life crisis as he struggles to determine his new place in the world. His all-white suburban neighborhood is thrown for a loop when a black family moves next door to him. After the paper he works for is taken over by new management, his job is threatened unless he can come up with a provocative story. Almost on a dare, he decides to write about the Tulsa Race Riots, a tragic event which

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About the Author

KT Alozie is an award-winning writer with a passion for all things history. He first learned about the Greenwood District of Tulsa by chance while reading a book on American History. Surprised that he had not heard about this before or learned about it in school (he has a Bachelors and two Masters degrees) he developed a keen interest in it and read everything he could about the famous Black Wall Street. A scriptwriter since the age of 17, he...

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American Screenwriting
Competition, Blur Finalist

5th place out of 2,000 entries

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American Screenwriting
Contest, Blur Quarterfinalist

Top 9.6% of 1,100 entries

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BlueCat Screenwriting
Competition, Blur Quarterfinalist

Top 20% of over 3,200 entries

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