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Richard MkhatshwaJarvis Christian CollegeTexas Government 2306 (spring 2019)Class discussion one1/11/19
The Greenwood community of Tulsa Oklahoma played an important role in the black communitybecause it was the center of African American life for 11,000 blacks that inhabited the city.Blacks weren’t allowed to shop nor socialize in Tulsa, so they build their own centers. Thismiddle class community still thrived in the 20thcentury, even while facing Jim Crow laws andsegregation. When Booker T. Washington came through the town, he declared Greenwood theNegro Wall Street of America, because of its thriving businesses and economy. This communitywas nationally recognized due to having 108 black owned businesses, two black schools, twotheaters, and 15 doctors’ offices. The architect of the settlement, Edwin McCabe, had a vision ofOklahoma as the black Promised Land. He sent recruiters to the South, preaching racial prideand self-sufficiency. At least 29 black separatist towns were established in Oklahoma during the

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