In connection with recent events involving the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests across the US and the world, NBA star Russell Westbrook is planning to do a series on this important event in history. It’s one that is often forgotten in history books and is one that is forcing states to consider teaching this event in schools, together with other issues involving the conflicts between Blacks and Whites. More on what happened 99 years ago can be found here.
If you have followed the Don’t Duck History Facebook page over the past few weeks, you should have noticed several mentions of the Black newspaper, The Richmond Planet, sometimes simply referred to as “The Planet,” based out of Richmond, Virginia. If you haven’t followed our Facebook page, today is a good day to fix that!
Also today, The Planet will be used to tell a story (history) that came to light for many due to recent news, but has also largely been ignored in American history textbooks. The recent news is the recent 99th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, (Oklahoma: May 31, 1921-June 1, 1921), where the area of Greenwood contained a district that was sometimes referred to as “Black Wall Street.” Ironically there were other areas in the country that earned that nickname, and a section in Richmond, Virginia was one of them.
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