Recently, I’m A Star teen influencers held a virtual watch party for the new History Channel Documentary on Black Wall Street. Students ages 12-18 learned about the thriving black business district in the affluent Greenwood community before the Tulsa Massacre of 1921. The film and post-movie Q&A with historians focused on the often untold story of how black residents rebuilt the community after this attack.
Students had a chance to pose questions of Lamar Guillory and Alonzo Batson, Tulsans who have been instrumental in revitalizing black business in Greenwood. Students in I’m A Star Foundation’s “Business Buds” group also held a conversation following the film with panelists Rodney L. Hurst (Civil Rights Activist, Black Historian and Author), Dr. Lequista Smith (Clinical Pharmacist) and Joyce Green Clark (Former Executive Director of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Cleveland Job Corp Center). 2021 marks 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre. This event was aimed to responsibly educate young people on this painful history with feedback from black historians and activists. Students left with a better understanding of the resilient heritage of African Americans and the ability to build back through unity and ownership in the face of racism and adversity.
I’m A Star Foundation is a volunteer program that transforms middle and high school students into the next generation of servant leaders For more info visit www.imastarfoundation.org.