Staged Reading of Greenword: An American Dream Destroyed

Celeste Bedford Walker’s play, Greenwood:  An American Dream Destroyed tells the powerful story of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the African American community then known as the “Negro Wall Street.”  In the early twentieth century, Greenwood was one of the most affluent African American communities in the country, until tragedy struck in 1921. Tulsa police arrested a young black man on an unsubstantiated charge. An inflammatory report in the Tulsa Tribune the next day spurred a racial confrontation, and the Greenwood District found itself looted and burned for over 24 hours by white mobs. Following three generations of the fictional Boley family through this little known historical calamity, Walker creates a moving tale that remains both timeless and timely.

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00pm

Center for the Arts, Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19711, USA

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Faculty & Staff, Equity & Inclusion, Community, Special Events



Office of Equity and Inclusion, Diversity




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