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Imaginings: The Future of Greenwood

Join us May 30, 2024 at 6 p.m.
Rudisill Regional Library

See full schedule here.

This event will cover chapters 25 – epilogue of Built From the Fire

“Everybody thinks it’s crazy. ‘Hey, how can you take down an expressway?’ This big piece of concrete, that’s all folks have known all their lives. But if you construct it, you can deconstruct it.”

– Oklahoma State Rep. Regina Goodwin

To coincide with the anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, this event will consist of a panel discussion about Greenwood’s future. The talk will focus less on policy and more on vision – how do community leaders hope initiatives will reshape Greenwood’s landscape? The panel will explore how the neighborhood could be transformed if ambitious efforts like removing I-244 come to pass.

Key Chapters

“Whether or not Tulsa ever does right by the people of Greenwood and North Tulsa, they will continue to do what they’ve always done: build.” – Epilogue, p. 481

Chapter 26 (“Beyond Ceremony”) and the Epilogue explain the how the pursuit of justice in Greenwood has extended beyond the centennial of the race massacre, and what lies next for the neighborhood. 

The Panelists

  • Angela Brown, educator in the Black History Saturdays program

  • Tiffany Crutcher, founder and executive director of the Terence Crutcher Foundation

  • Regina Goodwin, Oklahoma state legislator for House District 73

  • Cleo Harris, owner of Black Wall Street Tees & Souvenirs

  • Shayla Pickett, Founder of P.O.I.S.E Health & Wellness

  • Kuma Roberts, president of the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce

Additional Reading


  • Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham


Primary Sources

About the Venue

The Rudisill Regional Library in North Tulsa houses the African-American Resource Center. The Center’s purpose is to collect, preserve and provide access to resources honoring and documenting the experiences of people of African descent. The center is devoted to providing the community with current and comprehensive resource materials and professional reference materials on the culture and history of African Americans.

Address: 1520 N. Hartford Ave., Tulsa, OK 74106

Free parking on site