Singer/ songwriter John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co. are aiming to uncover one of the most harrowing tales from Black History.
Get Lifted Co. is responsible for the off-Broadway show ‘Turn me Loose’ as well as the upcoming film about the Obamas; ‘Southside’. Now, the production company will work with actress Tika Sumpter to create a series based on the ‘Black Wall Street’.
“Black Wall Street” is the name fittingly given to Greenwood – one of the most affluent all-Black communities in America. During the 1921 Tulsa race riots the town was bombed from the air and burned to the ground.
Greenwood, Oklahoma is still – after 95 years – trying to recover from what some describe as one of the worst terror attacks in American History.
In a period of less than 12 hours a once thriving black business district lay smouldering. Over 3,000 African-Americans died, 9,000 left homeless and over 600 businesses lost as a result of the racially-fuelled hate crimes committed against the black community.
Get Lifted’s Mike Jackson has said: “We’re looking forward to working with our friend Tika Sumpter to help tell this incredible story that many people know nothing about”.
Still early in the development stage, ‘Black Wall Street’ could debut in 2018 if picked up as a series.