Grade 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-2
On-Demand Webinar

Black History Month: Black Wall Street and the Threat of Black Financial Stability

Time: 60 mins,
Presenter: William Anderson


Teachers will be able to:

  • Describe the historical significance of “”Black Wall St.” in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 1900s.
  • Discuss the pushback against the success of Tulsa’s Black section at the time.
  • Analyze our country’s current circumstances in an effort to understand if the financial stability of minority groups is still a threat to power, and if so how and why?

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In this economics webinar, examine rise and fall of Black Tulsa, OK, and the historical implications of race in American financial success.


Greenwood, or “Black Wall Street,” a once thriving section of 1920s Tulsa, met its ultimate demise at the hand of White rioters. Work to answer the question: Why was Black financial stability a threat?         

Begin to explore what the success of this Black neighborhood meant for the town’s White counterparts, and how racial minorities’ independence was, and potentially continues to be, a threat to White power structures in the United States.