The youth camp is a memoir of the obstacles to building resources that Black Tulsans still suffer today.
Juneteenth festivities in Tulsa’s famous Greenwood community were in full sway Saturday as 17-year-old Amya Jamison, flanked by black and gold balloons, traded handcrafted art she helped build as part of a weeklong entrepreneurship camp for intermediate and high school seniors.
It’s another year for Oklahoma State University Tulsa- The Next Generation Youth Entrepreneurship, however, it took on extraordinary importance this year, the centennial of the Greenwood killing when a white mob murdered as many as 300 Black Tulsans and plundered the assets and means of survival for many others.
The camp also matched with the signing of a rule-making Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of bondage, a federal vacation.
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“Black Wall Street was unbelievable,” said Jamison, who grew excited in entrepreneurship after she began creating personalized gift hampers for mates and relatives. She told she learned regarding the killing at a tender age and is glad that more people beyond the nation are becoming conscious of the terrible story.
They had everything in their community and, of course, with the Tulsa Race Massacre it got damaged,” she told. “But we’re restoring.”
The Greenwood community, also identified as Black Wall Street, was a bustling industrial town that created important resources for the local Black population in the early 20th era. The 35-block district had all the facilities: clothes stores, doctors’ and attorneys’ agencies, movie multiplexes, and more, all Black-owned.
An article from the Brookings Institution recorded that according to Tulsa’s Greenwood Cultural Center, the normal dollar would wait inside the community’s chain of houses and firms for almost 19 months before being used elsewhere.
Camp founder Jayme Broome, a Black administrator who also serves as an executive at a regional private school, stated it was necessary to do more than celebrate the centennial of the killing that devastated Black Wall Street.
According to the various modern identity symbols news from the Community Service Council in Tulsa, “The absence of ladies and people of tone, particularly African Americans, in executive-level jobs in Tulsa is characteristic of a determined inequality in the distribution of energy and resources in the Tulsa district.”
The article also observed that people of shade in Tulsa are less prone than their white equivalents to be employed in higher-paying professions.
Campers were broken out into organizations to imagine, produce and market merchandise to trade at the Juneteenth Festival.
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